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Pima County Community College District Regulation

Regulation Title: Assessment of Prior Learning
Regulation Number: RG-3101/A
Effective Date: 12/7/99
Approval Date: 12/7/99
Review Date(s):    4/7/09, 3/6/14
Revision Date(s):    4/7/09, 3/6/14
Schedule for Review & Update:    Annually
Unit Responsible for Review & Update:  Office of the Provost
Sponsoring Unit/Department:   Office of the Provost
Board Policy Title & No.: Assessment of Credit for Prior Learning, BP-3101
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I.  Purpose

This regulation describes responsibility for ensuring that the College offers quality credit for prior learning.  Credit for prior learning recognizes that students may have had documentable learning experiences outside the college classroom that are equivalent to the required competencies in a Pima Community College course.  Unless standard national assessments are used, credit awarded will be based on the evaluation of prior learning by College faculty.

II.      Credit for Prior Learning Assessment

A.      National Standardized Tests.  These tests include College-Level Examination (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Advanced Placement (AP) Tests. Students who earn at least the minimum score determined by the appropriate College Discipline Area Committee (CDAC) will receive College credit.

B.      Challenge Exams:  Challenge exams may be offered for individual courses at the discretion of department/discipline faculty. Students who register and pay for the course will receive the appropriate credit for successful completion of the challenge exam.

C.      Military Experience.  College credit may be awarded for military training or courses and enlisted ranks/military occupational specialties (MOS) which have been evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) Guide. 

D.      Professional Training.  College credit may be awarded for professional training courses sponsored by business and industry, government, and labor which have been evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE).

E.      Portfolio Evaluation.  Acceptance of portfolio work will be determined by the appropriate discipline faculty and/or College Discipline Area Committee (CDAC).  The portfolio must offer detailed evidence of learning outcomes and supporting documentation, and may include descriptions of professional experience

III.    Roles and Responsibilities

The Board of Governors authorizes the Chancellor to delegate authority and responsibility through the Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Services to the Vice Provost and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Services ensure policy implementation and quality and integrity of the program/process.