2.30 – Credit for Prior Learning

A. Purpose

Establish criteria for the acceptance of prior student learning for college credit.

B. Policy

Students may receive college credit for prior learning if they can demonstrate the required skills by means of an established assessment.

C. Procedures

The maximum allowable credit for prior learning that will be applied to a degree program will be the number of credits required for the degree, not to exceed 50% of the program, with 15 hours taken in residence.

The maximum allowable credit for prior learning that will be applied to a certificate is the number of credits required to complete the certificate after the completion of one course at OTC, not to exceed 50% of the certificate, with 9 hours taken in residence.

Each program accepting prior learning for college credit will establish the assessment process needed to evaluate the student’s proficiency in the necessary knowledge and skills.

Credit awarded by other institutions of higher education will follow the policies of the college on transfer credit and will not be considered credit for prior learning.

D. Definitions

Credit for Prior Learning: The process of awarding college credit based on the demonstration of proficiency in the knowledge and skills required.

In Residence: The requirement that a minimum number of credit hours must be earned through classes offered by any modality at the college.

E. Authority

This policy is maintained under the authority of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

F. Related Policies

2.04 – Transfer of Credit

G. Implementation

Policy approved and adopted by the Board of Trustees on 10/21/13.

Purpose, procedures, responsibilities, and definitions approved and adopted by the Cabinet on 09/19/13. Revised on 6/4/19. Set for review in fiscal year 2021 – 2022.