PLA Procedures for Application and Awarding Credit

The acceptance of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credits must be in accordance with the standards recommended and required by the TBR Policy 2:01:00:04 and Guideline A-30.

  1. Credit by External Exam

    Most PLA credit by external exam will simply require approval that the PLA credit meets course requirements for a specific course in the Program of Study, then submitting an official transcript or score report verifying successful completion of the exam.

    Note: There may be administration fees applied for tests administered on campus, however, no fees are applied for posting approved PLA credit from the following sources: ACT, SAT, AP, CLEP, NOCTI, DANTES, DSST, CPS and other approved certifications/licensures.

    1. Ask for PLA application in the Enrollment Services Center

    2. Complete required documentation required on the form

    3. Follow instructions on the PLA application for specific form of PLA requested

    4. Submit official transcripts and/or score reports to Enrollment Services

    5. Upon approval of transcripts with successful scores, credit is applied to the transcript with the grade of “P”

  2. Prior Military Training Credit

    Note:  Credit awarded for completion of services schools will be governed by the Guide to Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services. Military transcripts such as ACE, SMART or AARTS and a copy of the DD 214 should be submitted to the admissions office.

    1. Ask for PLA application in the Enrollment Services Center

    2. Complete required documentation on the form

    3. Follow instructions on the PLA application for Military Training Credit

    4. Submit official transcripts to Enrollment Services

    5. Credit is applied to the transcript with the grade of “P”

  3. Dual Credit Recognition Process

    1. Ask for PLA application in the Enrollment Services Center

    2. Complete required documentation on the form

    3. Follow instructions on the PLA application for Dual Credit

    4. Meet with Coordinator of Dual Credit

    5. Schedule required testing”

    6. Approved credit is applied to the transcript with the grade of “P

  4. Portfolio Review Credit

    Portfolio assessment is an opportunity to earn college credit based on documentation of certificates of training, work samples, awards and honors, job descriptions, performance evaluations and evidence of self-directed learning and resumes. A portfolio is prepared by the student to demonstrate and validate credit for learning acquired outside the classroom but must be relevant to the student’s Program of Study.

    1. A good candidate for Portfolio Assessment:

      • Have gained significant learning through work experience and training

      • Understand the time commitment in building a portfolio

      • Have talked with an advisor

      • Have strong writing skills

      • Understand the importance of obtaining specific documentation for review

    2. To be considered for Portfolio Review

      1. Ask for PLA application in the Enrollment Services Center

      2. Complete required documentation on the form

      3. Follow instructions on the PLA application for Portfolio Review Credit

      4. Meet with advisor or designated faculty representative

      5. After approval for submission, submit documentation as discussed with advisor or faculty representative

      6. Pay applicable Portfolio submission fee

      7. Approved credit is applied to the transcript with the grade of “P”

  5. Credit by Institution Course Challenge Exam

    Academic departments across campus may offer an option for students to receive course credit by successfully completing a Course Challenge Exam. Course Challenge Exams are under the direction of faculty of the specific academic departments. Courses available for the Course Challenge Exam are listed in the current catalog.

    1. The best candidates for a Course Challenge Exam

      • Have an above average high school and/or college GPA

      • Have developed good study skills

      • May have earned college credit through Dual Enrollment or Dual Credit

      • Have determined academic goals

    2. To be considered for a Course Challenge Exam

      1. Ask for PLA application in the Enrollment Services Center

      2. Complete any required documentation on the form

      3. Follow the instructions on the PLA application for Course Challenge Exam

      4. Meet with advisor or designated faculty representative

      5. If approved, schedule your Course Challenge Exam with faculty or in the Testing Center

      6. Pay applicable Course Challenge Exam fee

      7. Upon successful completion, credit is applied to the transcript with the grade “P”