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: 1 February 2013.
General Institutional Policies on PLA
Institution's PLA website:
Maximum limit for all forms of PLA credits:
Please contact the institution for the most current information.
State 2-Year Community College average is 29.
State 4-Year University average is 52.
How can PLA credit be used?
• General education
Types of PLA offered:
For a list of the most common types of PLA and general information about each, please see this page.
• Major requirements
• Minor requirements
• Elective credits
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.
• Portfolio Assessments
• Institutional Challenge Exams
• Institutionally-Evaluated Training or Credit
• Excelsior Exams
• DANTES/DSST Exams
Programs accepting PLA:
• All undergraduate programs accept at least one form of PLA.
• Only the following programs accept portfolio credit:
• Bachelor of Applied Science
• Bachelor of General Studies
• Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
• Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies
Do PLA policies differ from department to department?
Can PLA credits be transferred between departments and programs within this institution?
Portfolio assessments cannot be transferred internally. All other forms of PLA can be transferred internally.
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.
Generally, general education courses and electives will transfer but courses in the major may not.
Do written policies exist?
Fees and other costs:
• Challenge exams - $15 per credit hour
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.
• All other forms of PLA - No fee
When do PLA credits appear on a student's transcript?
Do they accept PLA credit transferred from other institutions?
As an example, how do CLEP tests appear on a student's transcript?
Credit is applied when petitioned by the student and appropriate scores are evaluated on a course by course basis. Credit is awarded with a grade of P (passed) as CLEP credit.
Other limitations that student's should be aware of:
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?
Credit is applied for the semester it is earned at ETSU on a course by course basis. It is awarded with a grade of P (pass). Credit is identified as earned through PLA.
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.
Institutional Contact for PLA:
Portfolio Assessments - Jordan Swingle
All other PLA questions - Michele Williams
For more details about PLA at East Tennessee State University, including specific tests accepted, score requirements, and other details for each type of PLA, please see this page.