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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
• Certificate programs
• 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
• Institutionally-Evaluated Training or Credit
• ACE-Military
• AP

Programs accepting PLA:

Portfolio credit cannot be applied; each division is responsible for evaluating scores for Advanced Placement exams, CLEP Exams, ACT scores to determine the if credit for courses will be allowed. ACT scores may result in credit for English. CLEP scores are accepted for select courses in composition and literature, foreign languages, social sciences and history, science and mathematics, or business.

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.

Volunteer State has not provided this information.

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

Do written policies exist?

Fees and other costs:
No fees are charged for any type 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?
The term in which the evaluation is completed and award given. .

Do they accept PLA credit transferred from other institutions?

Only if they are for sources approved for PLA credit at WSCC and under WSCC's recommended minimum score.

If so, when do they appear on the student's transcript?
The term in which the evaluation is completed and award given.

How do CLEP tests appear on a student's transcript?
Similar to transfer credits under the heading "CLEP."

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?
None offered.

How do portfolio credits appear on a student's transcript?
Portfolio assessments are not accepted by Walters State.

Student Facts
Number of PLA earners (2010-2011):
137 (2011 Fall only)

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:
Linda Mason
Dean of Student Records

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