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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:
30 inclusive

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

How can PLA credit be used?
• Major 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.

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

Programs accepting PLA:
Interdiscuplinary Studies 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.

Yes, except portfolio assessments.

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

Do written policies exist?

Fees and other costs:
• Challenge exam - $30 per course
• Portfolio assessment - $300 per subject area
• 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?

Upon receipt.

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?
Under the heading CLEP.

Other limitations that student's should be aware of:
• Minimum of 60 semester hours toward a degree must be from an accredited 4-year institution. PLA credit is not considered to meet this requirement, except Excelsior exam credit.
• 25% of degree requirements must be from UTM.
• Minimum of 75% of upper-divison courses with major at UTM (varies by department).

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 led by institutional instructor or faculty member.

Who assesses student portfolios?

How do portfolio credits appear on a student's transcript?
The subject with either LD or UD with a title of Portfolio with a grade of PP under the heading of PORT.

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:
• Beth Edwards
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program

• Terry Duncan
Records Office

• Dr. George Daniel
Student Success Center

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