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Prior Learning Assessment Fact Sheet

Note: This information has been provided by and verified by the institution listed as being current and up-to-date. Updated: 26 June 2014.

General Institutional Policies on PLA
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Maximum limit for all forms of PLA credits:

State 2-Year Community College average is 29.
State 4-Year University average is 52.

How can PLA credit be used?
• General education
• Major requirements
• Certificate programs
• Elective credits

Types of PLA offered:
For a list of the most common types of PLA and general information about each, please see this page.

For more information about the details of this institution's PLA policies compared to others, including required scores, accepted tests, and course equivalencies, please see this page.

• Advanced Placement
• ACT - Credit for English Composition Based on ACT Scores

• Military Credit (through ACE and direct transcript evaluation)
• College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
• Credit for Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) Rating
• Credit by Departmental Examination (Institutional Challenge Exams)
• Credit for Learning through Life Experience (Portfolio Assessments)
• Credit for Tennessee Law Enforcement/Corrections Academy
• Diploma from a TN College of Applied Technology (TCAT)

Programs accepting PLA:

With the exception of Nursing, portfolio credit may be applied to majors leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Do PLA policies differ from department to department?


Can PLA credits be transferred between departments and programs within this institution?

Please note that when you change degree programs or majors, that some courses and credits may no longer be relevant and thus will not transfer.

All PLA is transferrable between departments and degree programs at Dyersburg State Community College.

Generally, general education courses and electives will transfer but courses in the major may not.

Do written policies exist?

Fees and other costs:
• Departmental Exam (course challenge exam) - 1/2 of tuition for course
• Portfolio assessment - $69.50 fee
• All other forms of PLA - No fee

Note: These fees represent institutional costs only. Some external agencies (particularly testing agencies) have their own fees, which can be found in the descriptions here.

When do PLA credits appear on a student's transcript?

Following semester.

Do they accept PLA credit transferred from other institutions?


If so, when do they appear on the student's transcript?

How do CLEP tests appear on a student's transcript?
Successful CLEP scores are indicated on the transcript with a designation of "CL."

Other limitations that student's should be aware of:

Portfolio Assessment:
For general information about portfolio assessments, please see this page.

Do they offer portfolio credits?

Do they offer a course for students creating portfolios for assessment?
No course offered.

Who assesses student portfolios?
Institutional faculty member or instructor.

How do portfolio credits appear on a student's transcript?
A grade of "PR" indicates Proficiency in the course content.

Student Facts
Number of PLA earners (2010-2011):

State 2-Year Community College average is 122.
State 4-Year University average is 224.

PLA Hours earned (2010-2011):

State 2-Year Community College average is 581.
State 4-Year University average is 4,343.

Average age of PLA earners:

State average is 28.

Contact Information
Institutional Contact for PLA:
Patricia Walker
Director of Records

For more details about PLA at Dyersburg State Community College, including specific tests accepted, score requirements, and other details for each type of PLA, please see this page.