Credit For Prior Learning
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is a series of nationally and internationally-recognized methods where learning outside the traditional college classroom can be assessed for college credits. These methods include credit by examination, evaluations of credit for workplace learning, and by prior learning portfolio assessment. As a career-focused university by mission, Sullivan University recognizes that student learning may be acquired through non-traditional means and that college-level competencies can be attained by means other than through institutions of higher education.
Credit by Examination
The university recognizes prior learning by accepting a full range of direct examinations, such as those offered by the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP®) and DSST® examinations sponsored through the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) program. Sullivan University accepts scores of 50 or above as a credit-granting score for each CLEP® or DSST® examination. Credits earned through CLEP® and DSST® examinations are recorded as transfer credits on a student’s transcript and do not count in GPA calculations. Descriptions of the examinations can be found at https://clep.collegeboard.org/exams and http://getcollegecredit.com/exam_fact_sheets.
Course Level Bypass
Currently, bypass assessments are offered by several academic units. Credits earned through course-level bypass assessments are recorded on a Pass/Fail basis and are reflected on a student’s transcript as “P” to indicate a passing score. Credits earned through bypass assessments do not count toward GPA calculations.
Click button below to acess a PDF document with the learning outcomes, exam format, passing score, suggested resources, exam schedule and contact information for each of the bypass assessments.
Credit For Workplace Learning
Sullivan University accepts credit recommendations made by the American Council on Education (ACE®) and the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS®) for military training, corporate training, licensures, and professional certifications. Credit recommendations made by ACE® and NCCRS® are evaluated on a student-by-student basis and are typically approved for transfer when equivalent to courses offered by Sullivan University. Credits earned by virtue of ACE® and NCCRS® credit recommendations are recorded as transfer credits on a student’s transcript and do not count toward GPA calculations. To see the list of ACE-approved training, license and certifications, visit the National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training at http://www2.acenet.edu/credit/. To find out more about the National College Credit Recommendation Service, visit http://www.nationalccrs.org/.
Prior Learning Portfolio
Sullivan University students may challenge undergraduate courses for which they believe they possess the requisite knowledge and skills by completing prior learning portfolios that demonstrate mastery of the learning outcomes required for each challenged courses. Students will complete either a for-credit or non-credit course on how to build a portfolio and may submit one or more portfolios to challenge Sullivan University courses.
- Determine which course(s) you wish to challenge.
- Meet with your academic advisor to verify that the course(s) are part of your degree/certificate/diploma.
- Complete the online portfolio training course.
- Create the portfolio
- Pay the portfolio evaluation fee ($250 per portfolio) and submit the portfolio.
There are two versions of the portfolio training course, a free, non-credit, self-paced course and a 4 credit-hour elective course. Both are offered fully online each quarter and both train you how to develop a portfolio to challenge a course in which you already possess the knowledge and skills required for the course.
The free course can be completed in a few weeks, does not show up on your transcript, and cannot be used as part of your course load (e.g. for financial aid purposes). The 4 credit-hour course (PLA 301X) is a “regular” 11 week course with assignments and due dates and is part of your course load and counts as elective credit toward graduation on your transcript. The tuition for PLA301X includes the evaluation fee for your first portfolio. Your admissions officer should be able to help you sign up for either course.
A member of the faculty who teaches in the discipline and has been trained in portfolio evaluation and the CAEL Standards (above) will be given your portfolio to evaluate. If it is determined that your portfolio demonstrates that you have the knowledge and skills equivalent to someone who has successfully completed the course, then the evaluator recommends that you be given credit for the course. An administrative officer of the University then approves the portfolio evaluation and the course and credit is added to your university transcript.
Credits earned through assessment of a prior learning portfolio are recorded on a Pass/Fail basis and are reflected on a student’s transcript as “P” to indicate a passing score. Credits earned through prior learning portfolios do not count toward GPA calculations.
Yes. You may submit multiple portfolios for up to 75% of your degree, certificate or diploma program.
Most diploma mills award degrees based on “life experience” or “work experience” that is not independently verified to see whether the student actually knows anything. The diploma mill may ask for a resume or may ask the student to take an online open book test that anyone could pass. In reality, as long as your check clears, you can get a degree from a diploma mill. However, going this route has ruined the careers of thousands of individuals whose bogus degrees have been exposed.
In contrast, one receiving credit by PLA will have either: 1) taken a nationally recognized exam, such as CLEP, from an authorized testing center; 2) received credit for corporate or military training or certifications that have been evaluated previously by the American Council on Education and are recognized nationwide; and/or 3) created a portfolio documenting prior knowledge and skills in a particular course that is reviewed by an expert in that field based on criteria from The Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (http://www.cael.org/ten-standards-for-assessing-learning).
For questions or further information regarding prior learning portfolios, contact Dr. Anthony Piña at firstname.lastname@example.org.