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3031 - POLICY ON CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

Policy Statement

Washtenaw Community College recognizes that students come to the College with competencies obtained from prior learning experiences such as work experience, previous training or education, and various forms of self learning. To receive credit, a prior learning experience must be verified. If such learning is documented and evaluated to be equivalent to college level coursework, it is the College's policy to allow equivalent credit to be granted to the student.

Policy Criteria

  1. To receive credit, a prior learning experience must be verified by one or more of the following methods: credit by examination, portfolio evaluation, or other College approved technique for evaluating educational experiences that meets state or national criteria.
  2. Methods of verifying prior learning that require faculty involvement are to be applied consistently at the department or division level.
  3. Credit for prior learning will be evaluated and posted on the student's transcript only after the student has earned one or more credit hours at WCC.
  4. Credit earned from prior learning will not apply toward satisfying the minimum credits in residence required for graduation.
  5. The College will assess a per credit hour fee for credit by examination. Fees for other methods of evaluation of prior learning may be established by the recommendation of the President and approval of the Board of Trustees.

Outcomes

Students will be granted college credit for prior learning for which they have proven proficiency. WCC credit will encompass prior learning that, through verification methods, is equated to the outcomes of college course work.

Adopted: July 22, 1997
Administrative Review: May 2002
(3031)

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