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Pima County Community College District Regulation

Regulation Title: Assessment of Prior Learning
Regulation Number: RG-3101/A
Effective Date: 12/7/99
Approval Date: 12/7/99
Review Date(s):    4/7/09
Revision Date(s):    4/7/09
Schedule for Review & Update:    Annually
Unit Responsible for Review & Update:  Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor, Academic Services
Sponsoring Unit/Department:   Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor, Academic Services
Board Policy Title & No.: Assessment of Credit for Prior Learning, BP-3101
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I.  Purpose

Pima Community College is permitted under the authority of the Arizona State Board of Community Colleges (RF-1-701) to offer credit for a number of means other than traditional college courses. This regulation describes responsibility for ensuring that the College offer a quality Credit for Prior Learning. It ensures that the College has a management structure and procedures which ensure the integrity and validity of the credit awarded. Credit for prior learning recognizes that students may have had documentable learning experiences outside of the college classroom that are equivalent in competencies to courses offered. Credit awarded will be consistent with the College's process and unless standard national assessments are used should be related to the expertise of the College's faculty and the content of its existing curricula.

II.  Credit for Prior Learning Assessment

  1. National Standardized Tests. These tests include College-Level Examination (CLEP), Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) craft examinations, "Certified Professional" examinations, etc.
  2. Advanced Placement Tests. Students who score 3, 4, 5 on these tests can receive college credits with the approval of appropriate departments.
  3. Department Challenge/Proficiency Tests. Departments may offer challenge/proficiency exams. Students may either have a requirement waived for successful completion of the test or receive credit for that particular course.
  4. Military Experience. College credit can be awarded for military courses and enlisted ranks/military occupational specialties (MOS) which have been evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) Guide. Examinations by the (USAFI) the United States Armed Forces Institute will also be used in evaluating military experience.
  5. Professional Training. College credit can be awarded for professional training courses sponsored by business and industry, government and labor which have been evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) or New York State's Program on Non-collegiate Sponsored Instruction (PONSI).
  6. Portfolio Evaluation. Students choosing this method must enroll in a two-hour portfolio preparation course. The portfolio must offer detailed evidence of learning outcomes, supporting documentation and descriptions of personal and professional experience.
  7. Transfer Courses. According to Board Policy, BP-3111, students will receive credits for equivalent courses at regionally accredited institutions. In accordance with State Board regulation, the College may accept transfer credit from non-accredited post- secondary institutions if satisfied that such credit represents equivalent or higher level of work at an accredited institution.
  8. Articulated Equivalent Courses. The College may enter into agreements with secondary schools to have certain competencies documented by completion of a battery of courses accredited. A student must be enrolled at the college at the time of the application for credit for prior learning.

III.  Roles and Responsibilities

The Board of Directors authorizes the Chancellor who delegates authority through the Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Services to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Services and Vice Provost the responsibility for ensuring the implementation of the policy and the quality and integrity of the program/process.