WHAT IS PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT (PLA)?
BRCC recognizes that students' learning may take place in a variety of situations and circumstances. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) allows students, who have mastered academic or technical competencies in non-traditional educational environments, to demonstrate their knowledge in a number of content areas for credit. 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.
WHAT ARE THE PLA OPTIONS?
Credit by Evaluation
1. Educational Experiences in the Armed Services
a. the training parallels a discipline area offered through BRCC, and
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
a. training parallels a discipline area offered through BRCC, and
3. Departmental Credit by Evaluation
Students may not request:
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)
2. College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
English Composition: Students pursuing credit for ENGL 101 must present official documents confirming the necessary scores on the College Composition exam or the College Composition Modular with Optional 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)
4. Departmental Credit by Examination
Students may not request:
If successful, a grade of Pass (P) is recorded on the student's transcript with a notation of "credit by examination". A $30 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 of $85 is assessed for review of the portfolio regardless of whether credit is awarded.