Menu

Update:

New restrictions in place for Fall 2020 as of 11/18/2020. See www.lc.edu/coronavirus for more details.

  • Prior Learning Assessment

    Prior learning is defined as the knowledge and skills gained through work and life experience; through military training and experience; and through formal and informal education and training from in-state, out-of-state and international institutions.

    Prior learning assessment (PLA) is the process used to evaluate previous learning and knowledge students have acquired for academic credit. Prior learning assessment can be accomplished through standardized tests, course challenge examinations, and portfolio assessment.  Some PLA assessment methods cost a student more than others, but any PLA credit-earning method will typically cost less than tuition to enroll in the equivalent course. In addition, PLA credit may fulfill pre-requisites and allow the student to enroll in, or advance to, higher-level courses.  The college uses prior learning assessment tools to evaluate that learning and experience for college credit, certification and/or advanced standing toward further postsecondary education and training. There are different types of PLA in use by the college.

    Standardized Testing

    • Advanced Placement (AP) Exams 
    • American Council on Education (ACE) 
    • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) 

    Military Credit

    • Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs) 
    • Military Training – College credit for military training may be awarded through the Joint Services Transcript (JST)

    Workplace Training

    • Evaluation of Local Training 
    • Institutional Course Proficiency Examination Credit 
    • Locally Evaluated Industry and Workplace 
    • Certifications 
    • Professional Licensure

    For specific information about PLA credit, go to http://catalog.lc.edu/content.php?catoid=13&navoid=1055#Credit_by_Examination or contact Heidi Plunkett, Registrar, at 618-468-5110 or hplunkett@lc.edu.

    Transferability of PLA credit

    Lewis and Clark will accept certain forms of PLA credits transcribed on an incoming college transcript as long as the credits are applicable to the degree or certificate being pursued. The following are types of PLA credit that will be accepted:

    • Institutional Course Proficiency Examination Credit 
    • Portfolio Assessment Credit 

    Lewis and Clark will require the official score reports or transcripts from the following in order to accept PLA credit transcribed on an incoming college transcript

    • Advanced Placement (AP) Exams
    • American Council on Education (ACE) Guides
    • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Exams
    • Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs)
    • Joint Services Transcripts (JST)
    • Evaluation of local training will be accepted at the discretion of the program coordinator for the appropriate department.

    Transcription of PLA credit

    PLA credit will appear on the student’s transcript in the following ways:

    • Advanced Placement (AP) Exams will be indicated with a ZA.
    • College Level Examination Program Exams will be indicated with a ZC.
    • Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs) will be indicated with a ZD.
    • Portfolio assessment, evaluation of local training and credits based on the American Council on Education (ACE) Guides (including civilian employers, professional associations, and other workplace related training) will be indicated with a ZL (Life Experience).
    • Military credited awarded through the Joint Services Transcript will be indicated with a ZM.
    • Institutional Course Proficiency Examination Credit will be indicated with a ZP.