Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) Program

The Assessment and Outreach Center (AOC) coordinates the CPL program at Alverno College. The program gives eligible students who are enrolled at the college the opportunity to earn credits for some courses without having to take them. Students must successfully complete assessments to demonstrate that they already have the necessary knowledge to complete the courses. This helps students save money and shorten their time to graduation.

CPL bypass assessments allow students to earn credits for some introductory courses. Students complete these assessments in the AOC.

Students can seek CPL for other courses by demonstrating that their experiential  knowledge gained outside the classroom meets learning outcomes for those courses. Unlike bypass assessments, faculty determine student eligibility and design the assessments students must complete. These assessments typically require students to create portfolios, write experiential essays, or complete a course assessment. 

Students interested in seeking credits for prior learning should read Frequently Asked Questions and review the CPL process that includes information about fees. After reviewing this information, students can submit the Student Interest Form below. Someone from the AOC will contact them. 

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Assessment and Outreach Center
    Open Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4 pm,     Founders Hall, Room 427