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Credit for Prior Learning Overview for Students

This process does not apply to Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) Bypass Assessments.

Overview of Credit for Prior Learning Process

Start the CPL Process
  1. Student completes the Student Interest Form that can be accessed below. (Students who have been in discussion with a faculty member about a particular CPL assessment or portfolio also should submit a form.)

2. When the Assessment and Outreach Center (AOC) receives a completed Student Interest Form, a CPL coach will:

  • Contact the student to gather more information such as a resume and/or list of courses the student thinks will fit her/his experience.
  • Ask faculty for a decision regarding eligibility of the student to pursue CPL.
Establish the Criteria and CPL Requirements
  1. If faculty agrees that the student should pursue CPL, faculty will determine the criteria for and the form of assessment that should be pursued by the student (e.g., portfolio assessment, course assessment or experiential essay).

2. Once faculty provide the requirements for the assessment, a CPL coach begins working more specifically with the student. (In a few special cases, faculty will work directly students.) The coach will meet with the student to:

  • Explain the portfolio or assessment process.
  • Help the student create an action plan, including a timeline for submitting work.
  • Provide appropriate resources for the student.
  • Continue to assist the student, as needed, during the time the student is working to complete the assessment via the method determined by faculty.

3.  The student agrees to:

  • Communicate proactively with the CPL coach on a consistent, professional basis.
  • Work with CPL coach to determine a written timeline.
  • Meet deadlines and expectations. If the timeline needs to be negotiated, the student promptly contacts the CPL coach to adjust the timeline.
  • Submit work to the coach for review.
Evaluate Student Work

1. Once the student has submitted work for review, the CPL coach determines whether the work is in an appropriate form to be submitted for evaluation. If so, the coach submits the work (e.g., portfolio or experiential essay) to the faculty evaluator.

2. Faculty will:

  • Assess student work to determine if the student has earned credits. (Faculty members also can request revisions.)
  • Complete an Assessor Evaluation Form that contains outcomes, criteria, feedback, and results, and submit it to the AOC with appropriate portions of student work, especially the experiential essay.

3. The CPL coach will communicate the results to the student and to the Registrar’s office

Fees for Credit for Prior Learning:

$150               per portfolio submitted (a portfolio includes documentation to support an experiential essay)

$75                 for an experiential essay assessment or internal performance assessment

No fee            Credit for Prior Learning Bypass assessments used primarily for course placement purposes

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