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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: 1 February 2013.

General Institutional Policies on PLA
Institution's PLA website:

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?
• 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.

• Portfolio Assessments
• ACE-Military
• Institutional Challenge Exams
• Certified Professional Secretary/Certified Administrative Professional

Programs accepting PLA:

PLA credit is accepted for general education requirements, area of emphasis requirements, and elective credit.

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.

Yes for CLEP, Challenge exams, and advanced placement.

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

Do written policies exist?
Yes. Please refer to the current catalog which can be accessed at

Fees and other costs:
Students pay fees set by the testing service for CLEP, etc. They pay regular registration fees for any course they choose to challenge or a portfolio evaluation course (when we actually begin offering this). There is no charge to students for posting the earned credit to the transcript through any form of PLA.

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?
As they are evaluated from previous transcripts.

How do CLEP tests appear on a student's transcript?
CLEP credits are displayed as transfer credit pass/fail.

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?
Course set up as independent study or ad hoc means by student.

Who assesses student portfolios?
Institutional instructor or staff member.

How do portfolio credits appear on a student's transcript?
Credits earned will be associated with a course and appear as a grade in that course for that semester.

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:
Charle Coffey
(931) 393-1810

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