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Prior Learning Assessments for Academic Credit Policy

Prior Learning Assessments for Academic Credit Policy

Authority: 
Academic and Student Affairs
Date enacted or revised: 
April 2016


Purpose
 
The University recognizes that students may acquire college-level learning from non-traditional means, such as corporate or military training, work experience, civic activity, and/or independent study. University of Louisiana System Policy A-I.VIII.1 requires institutions to adopt policies and procedures which allow for the recognition of these prior extra-institutional learning processes that include awarding credit or advanced placement.  Louisiana Revised Statutes 17:3351(E) requires institutions to award educational credits to veterans for courses that are a part of the student’s military training or service and that meet the standards of the American Council on Education or equivalent standards.
 
Policy
 
  1. At McNeese, students may obtain credit for prior learning through the following assessment programs:
    1. McNeese State University Advanced Placement Program
    2. McNeese State University Credit Examination Program
    3. College Board Advanced Placement Program (AP)
    4. College Board College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
    5. DSST Credit by Exam Program
    6. International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
    7. Louisiana Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)
    8. Military Training and Experience
    9. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Portfolio Credit
    10. StraighterLine
  2. Credit earned via prior learning assessment is indicated as such on the student’s transcript. A grade of ‘P’, ‘P-CR’, or ‘CRD’ is awarded, which is included in earned hours, but not in the computation of any GPA or determination of academic standing. The applicability of prior learning assessment credit to a degree is determined by the student’s academic department.
  3. A maximum of 45 credit hours of non-traditional credit, including, but not limited to, extension credit, correspondence credit, and credit from prior learning assessments, may be used toward a bachelor’s degree; a maximum of 24 credit hours of non-traditional credit may be counted toward an associate degree.
  4. Only undergraduate credit may be earned via prior learning assessment programs.
  5. Policies for prior learning assessment programs are developed with input from faculty, academic department heads, and academic college deans. Through review of individual prior learning assessments, the level, content, quality, comparability, and degree program relevance of the assessment is determined.  The appropriate credit to be awarded is recommended to the provost and vice president for academic affairs for a final decision.
  6. Additional information regarding credit for prior learning may be found in the McNeese Catalog.
 
Communication
 
This policy is communicated through the Academic Advisory Council, Administrative Advisory Council, the University Policy Page, and the Academic Catalog.