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.

Provider
Exam
Credits
Equivalent Course
DSST
Principles of Financial Accounting
4
ACT 101
CLEP
Financial Accounting
4
ACT 101
CLEP
Introductory Business Law
4
BUS 204
DSST
Business Law II
4
BUS 405
CLEP
Chemistry
4
CHM 211
DSST
Principles of Public Speaking
4
COM 214
DSST
Introduction to Computing
4
CSC 106
CLEP
Information Systems and Computer Applications
4
CSC 106
DSST
Management Information Systems
4
CSC 300/400 elective
CLEP
Principles of Microeconomics
4
ECO 201
CLEP
Principles of Macroeconomics
4
ECO 202
CLEP
College Composition
4
ENG 101
DSST
Technical Writing
4
ENG 204
CLEP
American Literature
4
ENG 244
CLEP
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
4
ENG 244
CLEP
English Literature
4
ENG 244
DSST
Principles of Finance
4
FIN 324
DSST
Business Ethics and Society
4
HRL 340
CLEP
American Government
4
HST 274
DSST
Introduction to Business
4
MGT 114
CLEP
Principles of Management
4
MGT 114
DSST
Principles of Supervision
4
MGT 274
DSST
Human Resource Management
4
MGT 284
DSST
Organizational Behavior
4
MGT 344
CLEP
Principles of Marketing
4
MKT 114
CLEP
College Mathematics
4
MTH 101
CLEP
College Algebra
4
MTH 201
DSST
Fundamentals of College Algebra
4
MTH 201
DSST
Principles of Statistics
4
MTH 202
CLEP
Calculus
4
MTH 300
DSST
Introduction to World Religions
4
PHL 244
DSST
Ethics in America
4
PHL 464
DSST
Introduction to Law Enforcement
4
PSA 160
CLEP
Introductory Psychology
4
PSY 214
DSST
Lifespan Developmental Psychology
4
PSY 274
CLEP
Human Growth and Development
4
PSY 274
CLEP
Introductory Sociology
4
SOC 214
Provider
DSST
Exam
Principles of Financial Accounting
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
ACT 101
Provider
CLEP
Exam
Financial Accounting
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
ACT 101
Provider
CLEP
Exam
Introductory Business Law
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
BUS 204
Provider
DSST
Exam
Business Law II
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
BUS 405
Provider
CLEP
Exam
Chemistry
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
CHM 211
Provider
DSST
Exam
Principles of Public Speaking
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
COM 214
Provider
DSST
Exam
Introduction to Computing
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
CSC 106
Provider
CLEP
Exam
Information Systems and Computer Applications
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
CSC 106
Provider
DSST
Exam
Management Information Systems
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
CSC 300/400 elective
Provider
CLEP
Exam
Principles of Microeconomics
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
ECO 201
Provider
CLEP
Exam
Principles of Macroeconomics
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
ECO 202
Provider
CLEP
Exam
College Composition
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
ENG 101
Provider
DSST
Exam
Technical Writing
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
ENG 204
Provider
CLEP
Exam
American Literature
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
ENG 244
Provider
CLEP
Exam
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
ENG 244
Provider
CLEP
Exam
English Literature
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
ENG 244
Provider
DSST
Exam
Principles of Finance
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
FIN 324
Provider
DSST
Exam
Business Ethics and Society
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
HRL 340
Provider
CLEP
Exam
American Government
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
HST 274
Provider
DSST
Exam
Introduction to Business
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
MGT 114
Provider
CLEP
Exam
Principles of Management
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
MGT 114
Provider
DSST
Exam
Principles of Supervision
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
MGT 274
Provider
DSST
Exam
Human Resource Management
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
MGT 284
Provider
DSST
Exam
Organizational Behavior
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
MGT 344
Provider
CLEP
Exam
Principles of Marketing
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
MKT 114
Provider
CLEP
Exam
College Mathematics
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
MTH 101
Provider
CLEP
Exam
College Algebra
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
MTH 201
Provider
DSST
Exam
Fundamentals of College Algebra
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
MTH 201
Provider
DSST
Exam
Principles of Statistics
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
MTH 202
Provider
CLEP
Exam
Calculus
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
MTH 300
Provider
DSST
Exam
Introduction to World Religions
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
PHL 244
Provider
DSST
Exam
Ethics in America
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
PHL 464
Provider
DSST
Exam
Introduction to Law Enforcement
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
PSA 160
Provider
CLEP
Exam
Introductory Psychology
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
PSY 214
Provider
DSST
Exam
Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
PSY 274
Provider
CLEP
Exam
Human Growth and Development
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
PSY 274
Provider
CLEP
Exam
Introductory Sociology
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
SOC 214

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.

Examination
Credits
Equivalent Course
Principles of Accounting
4
ACT101
Keyboarding Essentials
4
AOM 105
Basic Culinary Theory
4
BFS 104
Basic Culinary Skills Laboratory
6
BFS 106
Garde Manger Theory
4
BFS 214
Garde Manager Laboratory
6
BFS 216
Advanced Culinary Techniques Laboratory
4
BFS 264
Food Service Sanitation
4
CAM 134
Basic Nutrition
4
CAM 174
International Cuisines
6
CAM 256
Food and Beverage Control
4
CAM 284
Computer Concepts
4
CSC106
Computer Applications 1
4
CSC 118
Computer Applications 2
4
CSC 218
Composition 1
4
ENG 101
Composition 2
4
ENG 102
Advanced Writing
4
ENG 204
College Mathematics
4
MTH 101
Principles Of Mathematics
4
MTH 115
College Algebra
4
MTH 201
Baking Science
4
PBA 124
Baking Fundamentals
6
PBA 126
Introduction to Law and the Legal System
4
PLS 114
Legal Research
4
PLS 134
Legal Writing
4
PLS 144
Criminal Law
4
PLS 200
Estate Planning and Administration
4
PLS 214
Litigation
4
PLS 224
Real Estate Law
4
PLS 234
Domestic Relations / Family Law
4
PLS 244
Examination
Principles of Accounting
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
ACT101
Examination
Keyboarding Essentials
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
AOM 105
Examination
Basic Culinary Theory
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
BFS 104
Examination
Basic Culinary Skills Laboratory
Credits
6
Equivalent Course
BFS 106
Examination
Garde Manger Theory
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
BFS 214
Examination
Garde Manager Laboratory
Credits
6
Equivalent Course
BFS 216
Examination
Advanced Culinary Techniques Laboratory
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
BFS 264
Examination
Food Service Sanitation
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
CAM 134
Examination
Basic Nutrition
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
CAM 174
Examination
International Cuisines
Credits
6
Equivalent Course
CAM 256
Examination
Food and Beverage Control
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
CAM 284
Examination
Computer Concepts
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
CSC106
Examination
Computer Applications 1
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
CSC 118
Examination
Computer Applications 2
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
CSC 218
Examination
Composition 1
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
ENG 101
Examination
Composition 2
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
ENG 102
Examination
Advanced Writing
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
ENG 204
Examination
College Mathematics
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
MTH 101
Examination
Principles Of Mathematics
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
MTH 115
Examination
College Algebra
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
MTH 201
Examination
Baking Science
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
PBA 124
Examination
Baking Fundamentals
Credits
6
Equivalent Course
PBA 126
Examination
Introduction to Law and the Legal System
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
PLS 114
Examination
Legal Research
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
PLS 134
Examination
Legal Writing
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
PLS 144
Examination
Criminal Law
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
PLS 200
Examination
Estate Planning and Administration
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
PLS 214
Examination
Litigation
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
PLS 224
Examination
Real Estate Law
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
PLS 234
Examination
Domestic Relations / Family Law
Credits
4
Equivalent Course
PLS 244

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.

PLA Portfolio Manual

  1. Determine which course(s) you wish to challenge.
  2. Meet with your academic advisor to verify that the course(s) are part of your degree/certificate/diploma.
  3. Complete the online portfolio training course.
  4. Create the portfolio
  5. 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 apina@sullivan.edu.