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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?
• 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
• Institutionally-Evaluated Training or Credit
• ACE-Military
• ACE-Workplace

Programs accepting PLA:

Varies by department.

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.

Varies depending on the type of PLA and the degree program to which the student is transferring. Please contact departments for details.

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

Do written policies exist?

Fees and other costs:
• CLEP - $25 per exam
• Challenge exam - $60 for 3 hour course and $15 for each additional hour
• DSST - $34.50
• Portfolio assessment (undergraduate) - $90 deposit and $30 per credit hour
• Portfolio assessment (graduate) - $150 deposit and $50 per credit hour
• 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?

Following Semester.

Do they accept PLA credit transferred from other institutions?

The University of Memphis does not accept transfer PLA credit at this time.

If so, when do they appear on the student's transcript?

How do CLEP tests appear on a student's transcript?
CLEP credit is noted on the University of Memphis student record as CLEP credit. It appears on the printed transcript similar to transfer work from another institution.

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?
Option of independent study approach or course led by institutional instructor or faculty member.

Who assesses student portfolios?
Institutional faculty member or instructor.

How do portfolio credits appear on a student's transcript?
UNIV 2/3900 (lower/upper division) followed by the context of the award (e.g. Health Care Management, Information Technology).

Student Facts
Number of PLA earners (2010-2011):
39 (for University College only)

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

PLA Hours earned (2010-2011):
410 (portfolio hours only - other types of PLA, unknown)

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:

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