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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:
No limit

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
• 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.

• Institutional Challenge Exams
• ACE-Military
• AP
• IB

Programs accepting PLA:

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 AP, IB, CLEP.

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

Do written policies exist?

Fees and other costs:
Students pay for AP and CLEP (College Board), and IB, but UTK does not charge for evaluation or recording this information on the transcript.

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?


Do they accept PLA credit transferred from other institutions?


If so, when do they appear on the student's transcript?
Not accepted.

How do CLEP tests appear on a student's transcript?
Equivalent course credit.

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?
Our institution does not offer portfolio credit.

Who assesses student portfolios?
Not offered.

How do portfolio credits appear on a student's transcript?
Portfolio credit is not offered.  Howeer, ACE and DANTES credit are shown as equivalent course credit.

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:
Dr. Kathy Warden
Assistant Dean, Office of the University Registrar

For more details about PLA at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville, including specific tests accepted, score requirements, and other details for each type of PLA, please see this page.