Credit for Prior Learning Program


The Assessment and Outreach Center (AOC) coordinates the Credit for Prior Learning (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 give students who are enrolled at Alverno College an opportunity to earn credit for some introductory classes. Click here to get more information about these assessments. 

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 based on their experiential knowledge should review the CPL process and submit the Student Interest Form. The AOC will contact students after receiving their forms.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. How would earning credit for prior learning help me?

A. Earning credit for prior learning could help you save money and time by not having to take some classes for which you already have the necessary knowledge. This could shorten your time to graduation and/or allow you to take other classes in which you have an interest.

Q. What types of experiences could earn me credit towards my degree?

A. You might have gained college-level knowledge that could help you meet course outcomes through work experience, employer training programs, non-credit courses, volunteer or community service, or non-college courses or seminars.

Q. What would I have to do to earn credit for prior learning?

A. You would need to submit a Student Interest Form to provide information that faculty will use to determine whether you are eligible to seek CPL. If you are eligible, faculty will design an assessment that allows you to provide evidence that your experiential knowledge meets course outcomes. 

Q. Is there a fee for credit for prior learning?

A. After your assessment to earn credits for prior learning is evaluated, a fee of $75 or $150 (dependent on the type of assessment) will be billed to your account.


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