PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT
Community Colleges of Spokane values the college-level knowledge students may have acquired outside the traditional college classroom. You may have acquired this knowledge through your past work, independent reading and study, training programs or in-service courses, volunteer service, cultural or artistic pursuits, hobbies and recreational pastimes, community or religious activities, organizational memberships, adult education, non-credit courses, study abroad, military training not evaluated for credit by ACE, or other experiences.
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) enables you to articulate this knowledge and potentially earn credit for it. Methods for evaluating prior learning include Advanced Placement examination (AP); Armed Forces-Military Education and Experience evaluation (ACE); Articulation; Challenge examinations; College Level Examination Program (CLEP); DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST); Industry Training, Certifications and Licensures evaluation; International Baccalaureate examination (IB); and Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio evaluation.
Students who have been accepted to attend SCC, SFCC or the off-campus centers, are eligible for prior learning assessment consideration. No assurances of the number of credits awarded can be made prior to CCS review. While evaluation may occur before starting coursework, credit will be granted only once the student has completed 10-quarter credits in residence at CCS.
The student may request additional information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prior Learning Credit Awards
- Are subject to departmental approval.
- May be used to meet appropriate graduation requirements.
- Do not count toward the residence credit requirement.
- Will not satisfy credit load requirements for the purposes of veterans benefit program funding or any other student financial assistance program.
- May be granted for prior learning/experiential learning following completion of a portfolio class and/or evaluation of the prior learning/experiential learning.
- Must be obtained using methods approved by the appropriate department chair or designated department faculty member in the discipline for which credit is sought.
- Must not exceed 25% of the credits needed for a degree and may be further limited by specific degree requirements if the credit is for prior experiential learning.
- Will be identified as credit for prior learning on student transcripts without guarantee of any subsequent transfer.
Process and Fees
Students complete the Application for Prior Learning Assessment form. For some prior learning assessment, there is a nonrefundable fee payable in advance at the Cashier’s Office. No fee is required for credit awarded through AP, Articulation, CLEP, DSST, IB, or military education.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM
Credit for minimum scores on the following Advanced Placement examinations given by the College Board is awarded upon receipt of official score reports. Official scores reports should be submitted to the Transcript Office of SCC, SFCC, or the off-campus centers. AP credit awards will not be granted if the student is currently enrolled in or has successfully completed or earned credit for the course.
|Art: Studio (Drawing)||5||ART 101||4|
|Art 2D Design||4,5||ART 105||5|
|Art 3D Design||4,5||ART 106||4|
|Art History||4,5||ART& 100||5|
|Computer Science A||3,4,5||CS& 141||5|
|Economics (Macro)||4,5||ECON& 202||5|
|Economics (Micro)||4,5||ECON& 201||5|
|Economics (Macro AND Micro)||3||ECON 100||5|
|English Lang/Comp||3,4,5||ENGL& 101||5|
|English Lit/Comp||3,4,5||ENGL& 101, 111||10|
|Chinese Language||3,4,5||CHIN& 121, 122, 123||15|
|French Language||3||FRCH& 121, 122, 123||15|
| ||4,5||FRCH& 221, 222, 223 ||15|
|Japanese Language||3||JAPN& 121, 122, 123||15|
| ||4,5||JAPN& 221, 222, 223||15|
|Spanish Language||3||SPAN& 121, 122, 123||15|
| ||4,5||SPAN& 221, 222, 223||15|
|History – European||3||HIST& 116||5|
| ||4||HIST& 116, 117||10|
| ||5||HIST& 116, 117, 118||15|
|History – U. S.||3||HIST& 136||5|
| ||4,5||HIST& 136, 137||10|
|History-World||3||HIST 106 OR HIST 107||5|
|Calculus AB||4,5||MATH& 151||5|
|Calculus BC||3||MATH& 151||5|
| ||4,5||MATH& 151, 152||10|
|Music Theory||4||MUSC& 141, 142, 143||15|
| ||5||MUSC& 141, 142, 143, 241, 242|| 25|
| ||4,5||BIOL& 160||5|
| || ||OR BIOL& 221, 222, 223||15|
| ||4||CHEM& 161, 162||10|
| ||5||CHEM& 161, 162, 163||15|
|Environmental Science||3,4,5||ENVS& 101||5|
|Physics – B or C||3||PHYS 101||5|
| ||4||PHYS 101, 102||10|
| ||5||PHYS 101, 102, 103||15|
|Government & Politics|
(American or Comparative)
COLLEGE LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM (CLEP)
Community Colleges of Spokane will award credit for the following CLEP examinations with a minimum score of 50 or above as crosswalked below.
|Financial Accounting||50||ACCT& 201||5|
|Info Systems and Computer Applications||50||CIS 110 OR CS 101||5|
|Introductory Business Law||50||BUS& 201||5|
|Principles of Marketing||50||MMGT 211||5|
|COMPOSITION & LITERATURE|
|English Composition||50||APLED 121||4|
|HISTORY & SOCIAL SCIENCES|
|American Government||50||POLS& 202||5|
|American History I||50||HIST& 137||5|
|American History II||50||HIST& 137||5|
|Human Growth and Development||50||PSYC& 200||5|
|Introductory Psychology||50||PSYC& 100||5|
|Intro to Macroeconomics||50||ECON& 202||5|
|Intro to Microeconomics||50||ECON& 201||5|
|Introductory Sociology||50||SOC& 101||5|
|Western Civilization I||50||HIST& 116||5|
|Western Civilization II||50||HIST& 118||5|
|College Algebra||50||MATH 108||3|
| || ||OR APLED 112||5|
|French – Level 1||50||FRCH& 122||5|
|French – Level 2||59||FRCH& 122, 123||10|
|Spanish – Level 1||50||SPAN& 122||5|
|Spanish – Level 2||63||SPAN& 122, 123||10|
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)
Community Colleges of Spokane will award credit for the following Higher Level International Baccalaureate examinations with a minimum score of 4 or better as crosswalked below.
|Biology||4||BIOL& 221, 222, 223||15|
|Economics||4||ECON& 201, 202||10|
|English A1||4||ENGL& 101||5|
| ||6||FRCH& 221, 222||10|
| ||7||FRCH& 221, 222, 223||15|
|History of the Americas||4||HIST& 137||5|
|History of Europe||4||HIST& 118||5|
|Mathematics||4||MATH& 141, 142||10|
|Physics||4||PHYS 101, 102, 103||15|
|Social Anthropology||4||ANTH& 100, 206||10|
| ||6||SPAN& 121, 122||10|
| ||7||SPAN& 121, 122, 123||15|
|Theatre Arts||4||DRMA& 101||5|
ARMED FORCES–MILITARY EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
The Armed Forces of the United States provide military personnel with a great variety of educational opportunities through
formal service school training programs and off-duty educational activities. Upon departmental approval, credit may be
granted for satisfactory completion of the following when it is specific and applicable to the student’s program or degree:
- Military service including basic training.
- Military service schools in the amount recommended by the American Council of Education (ACE) in the publication, "Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Forces."
- United States Armed Forces Institute correspondence courses.
- DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs) using the minimum score and credit amount based on ACE credit recommendations.
- Portfolio Assessment
Students who wish to apply for a course challenge must be interviewed and approved through the instructional department.
A course may not be challenged if the student is currently enrolled in, has previously earned credit in, or has previously
audited the CCS course. Not all courses are available for challenge. Not all departments offer challenge exams.
INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSURES
Individuals who have completed training through non-degree awarding agencies or institutions may apply for evaluation for
credit. Examples include recognized nursing and fire service training, law enforcement/corrections, or fire science academies
and other certifications or licenses. Official documentation of training or licensure is required. All certifications or
licenses must be current and valid, and training must be documented with ACE National Guide to College Credit for Workforce
Training. If training is not documented with ACE, students should apply for credit using the PLA Portfolio and/or Challenge
Examination methods. Credit awards are subject to departmental approval.
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PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT (PLA) PORTFOLIO
Students who wish to pursue credit by PLA Portfolio must enroll in and successfully complete a portfolio class (GENST 105).
Students should have justification for their requests, such as a high school or college transcripts or detailed resumes
and other pertinent documentation, prior to enrolling in the course. Normal credit charges apply for the portfolio course
and a prior learning portfolio assessment fee will be charged upon portfolio course completion for prior learning credit
A PLA Portfolio is detailed documentation illustrating what students have been taught and successfully mastered. The
required documentation varies from course to course, but may include samples of work, an essay explaining students’
experiences and knowledge, or certificates showing successful completion of workshops or seminars.
In the portfolio class, faculty and staff members will help determine which courses are the best fit for the students’
skills and will help develop student portfolios. The completed portfolio will be reviewed to determine what credit can be
awarded. Once the number of credits attempted is determined, students must pay the appropriate Prior Learning Portfolio
Assessment fee. Payment of fees is nonrefundable and does not guarantee award of credit.