PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT CREDIT
Through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), BRCC recognizes that students' learning may take place in a variety of situations and circumstances. Many students have significant, demonstrable learning from experiences outside the traditional academic environment. Therefore, prior learning, not life experiences, is the basis for the award of college credit. BRCC is committed to crediting students for such learning, as applicable, under the following guidelines.
Credit by Evaluation
BRCC offers credit by evaluation for prior learning in the following categories.
1. Educational Experiences in the Armed Services
BRCC may award credit for military experiences based on the American Council on Education (ACE) Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. A student may receive college credit if:
a. the training parallels a discipline area offered through BRCC, and
b. the credit meets a program requirement or is used as elective credit
Upon request, individuals who have successfully completed Basic Training may be awarded credit for kinesiology to be used as an elective. Official documentation of military training is required. The academic department will maintain final approval for all matters related to awarding credit.
2. Credit for Professional Certification and Training Programs
ACE evaluates training programs offered by business, industry, and government, and publishes its credit recommendations in The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs. If a student had received training which appears in the guide, he/she may receive college credit if
a. training parallels a discipline area offered through BRCC, and
b. credit meets a program requirement or is used as elective credit
3. Departmental Credit by Evaluation
Students may apply for Departmental Credit by Evaluation in certain courses by obtaining the appropriate form from Innovative Learning, Room 310 Magnolia, and by completing the necessary applications, by meeting the requirements of the college, and by paying the required tuition/fees. Fees are not refundable if a student fails to obtain credit.
Students may not request:
- a course to be evaluated a second time
- an evaluation of a course while currently enrolled in the course
- credit for a previously completed course
- credit for a lower level of a course in which credit has been received
Some departments have additional requirements which must be met before credit is awarded through departmental credit by evaluation. When credit is granted, a notation of "credit by evaluation" with a grade of "P" and the number of credits appears on the student's transcript. These credits are not used in computing grade point average. Credit by evaluation may not transfer to other colleges and universities.
College-Level Equivalency Examinations
Ace has published credit recommendations for a number of national standardized examinations such as the ones listed from the Guide to Educational Credit by Examination. BRCC uses these recommendations as guidelines to award credit for equivalent BRCC coursework as well as elective credit. Scores must be sent directly to the Office of Enrollment Services from the specific testing company before credit is awarded. All equivalency is subject to future review and possible catalog changes.
1. Advanced Placement Examination (AP)
Students who have taken an advanced placement course of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) in their secondary school and who have taken an Advanced Placement (AP) Examination of the CEEB may receive course credit with a score of 3, 4, or 5, depending on the subject. Scores must be received directly from CEEB before credit is awarded.
2. College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
BRCC may award credit to individuals who have received an acceptable score on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) General Examinations and who meet/exceed the ACE recommended scores for awarding credit on the CLEP subject examinations. Students transferring to other colleges or universities will be required to follow the transfer institution's policy on granting CLEP credit.
English Composition: Students pursuing credit for ENGL 101 must present official documents confirming the necessary scores on the English Composition with Essay exam. BRCC does not award credit for ENGL 102 through a CLEP examination.
For CLEP examinations taken prior to July 1, 2001, BRCC will grant credit based on scaled scores.
3. DANTES Subject Standardized - Test (DSST)
BRCC may award credit for the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DSST, formerly DANTES) Examination Program to individuals who meet or exceed the ACE recommended scores for awarding credit on the DSST subject examinations. BRCC does not award credit for ENGL 102 through a DSST examination. Credit received through DSST is transferable within BRCC, but may not be transferable to other colleges/universities.
4. Departmental Credit by Examination
Any student who believes he/she is qualified for college credit through previous training or noncredit coursework may apply for Departmental Credit by Examination for certain courses by contacting the department in which the course is housed. Both written and skills testing my be required to insure that "course rigor" is maintained and achieved. Passing grades will be determined by the individual departments.
Students may not request:
- to challenge a course by examination a second time
- to challenge a course by examination while currently enrolled in the course
- to establish credit in a previously completed course, or
- to establish credit for a lower level of a course in which credit has been received
If successful, a grade of Pass (P) is recorded on the student's transcript with a notation of "credit by examination". A nonrefundable fee is charged per examination, regardless of the outcome.
A portfolio is a detailed documentation illustrating college-level learning. Evaluation by portfolio is a process through which a student documents that college-level learning has been obtained through non-college experiences. BRCC allows learners to receive college credit through portfolio for prior learning that do not have a standardized mechanism for college credit evaluation. Preparation and content of the portfolio are the responsibility of the student. Portfolio evaluation may result in the award of credit for one or more specific BRCC courses. The prior learning knowledge must be matched to an existing BRCC course. The academic department that houses the existing class will maintain final approval for the credit awarded. A fee is assessed for review of the portfolio regardless of whether credit is awarded.