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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:
• Prior Learning Assessment - http://www.pstcc.edu/cohorts/index.php
• Credit by Examination - http://www.pstcc.edu/cohorts/creditexam.php


Maximum limit for all forms of PLA credits:
30

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
• Minor requirements
• Certificate programs
• Elective credits
• Vocational/independent study/coursework

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 (AP)
• College-Level Examination (CLEP)
• DSST Credit by Exam Program (formerly DANTES)
• Excelsior Exams
• Institutional Credit by Examination (Challenge Exams)
• Credit for Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) Exam
• Credit for Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) Exam
• Credit for ACE-approved military training
• Credit for ACE-approved non-military training
• Credit for Department of Labor (DOL) Approved Apprenticeship Programs
• IBEW
• NCCER
• UA Plumbers and Pipefitters

• Portfolio Assessments
• Credit for Life Experience (similar to portfolio assessments)


Programs accepting PLA:

• A.A.
• A.A.S.
• A.S.
• Certificate programs

Do PLA policies differ from department to department?

No.

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.

Any type of PLA credit which would apply to current major and/or elective credit.

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

Do written policies exist?
Yes.
• Credit by Examination - http://www.pstcc.edu/cohorts/creditexam.php
• Alternative Ways to Earn Credit - http://www.pstcc.edu/catalog/12-13/admreg/altcre.php


Fees and other costs:
• CLEP - $15 per exam
• Challenge exam - $100 per exam
• DSST - $15 per exam
• 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?

Depending on the type of PLA credit requested, credit will appear after earning a designated amount of credit at PSCC or will appear when submitted.

Do they accept PLA credit transferred from other institutions?

Yes.

If so, when do they appear on the student's transcript?
After earning a designated amount of credit.

How do CLEP tests appear on a student's transcript?
CLEP credits will appear as transfer credit. The heading "CLEP" is used, followed by a list of courses for which credit was awarded. A grade of TP is awarded for the completed courses. These grades are not computed in the student's grade point average but will contribute to total hours earned toward.

Other limitations that student's should be aware of:
None.

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

Do they offer portfolio credits?
Yes.

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 heading is used, similar to college or university transfer credits, followed by a list of courses for which credit was awarded. For the portfolio, the heading "Credit for Life Experience" is used, and each discipline has a new heading. A grade of TP is awarded for the completed courses. These grades are not computed in the student's grade point average but will contribute to total hours earned toward a degree or certificate.


Student Facts
Number of PLA earners (2010-2011):
575

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


PLA Hours earned (2010-2011):
916

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


Average age of PLA earners:
28

State average is 28.

Contact Information
Institutional Contact for PLA:
Celeste Evans
clevans@pstcc.edu

Terri Strader
tlstrader@pstcc.edu


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