Prior learning is experience-based learning attained outside the auspices of standard institutions of higher learning. Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is not awarded for experience per se but for college-level learning. A comprehensive combination of measurable training, skills, and knowledge obtained through work, volunteer service, and hobbies are considered during the evaluation for credit for prior learning.
Credit for prior learning may be awarded if a student has learning experience in the armed services, industrial and corporate training programs, apprenticeship programs, or successful completion of standardized exams. Additionally, credit for prior learning may reduce tuition costs and shorten the length of time necessary to complete a degree, diploma or certificate.
The maximum CPL credit applicable toward graduation is 75% of the degree, diploma, or certificate. Credit for prior learning can also be earned by completing a Portfolio. There is a fee for Portfolio review.
(Examples of CPL might include STANDARDIZED EXAMS (CLEP, DANTES, CTE, etc.), CERTIFICATIONS, CORRESPONDENCE COURSES, PROFICIENCY EXAM, etc.
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