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3.35 – Credit for Prior Learning

MnSCU Policy

Part 1: General

The purpose of this policy is to provide students with opportunities to demonstrate college level learning gained in non-credit or experiential settings. Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) may be achieved through one of the following options: Credit by Exam, Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), Advanced Placement (AP) Test, International Baccalaureate Program (IB), veteran’s military training or service in compliance with Subd.2 of Minnesota Statute 197.775 Higher Education Fairness, training programs, and nationally recognized examinations recommended by The American Council on Education (ACE).

Credits count toward graduation requirements but are not counted in minimum semester credit completion calculations with the exception of PLA credits. All credits for prior learning, except through PLA, will be transcripted as courses transferred into Lake Superior College (LSC). PLA credits will be designated as LSC Prior Learning Courses on the LSC transcript. Prior Learning Assessment credits will be recorded on a LSC transcript with a grade of “P” (Pass). Credits for prior learning cannot be earned for a course in which a student is currently registered. All credits for prior learning except Credit by Exam and PLA are transcripted at no cost. LSC faculty–assessed credit, earned through Credit by Exam or PLA, will count towards residency requirement. Occupational course credits earned more than five years prior to the time of request need program faculty approval to fulfill current program requirements. If occupational credits more than five years old are not approved to fulfill program requirements, students may demonstrate course content mastery by utilizing the CPL process.

Note: While LSC and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities accept credits for prior learning, other colleges to which the student may subsequently transfer may not accept them. It is the responsibility of the student to maintain communication with the receiving institution.

Date Implemented: May 3, 2001

Dated Updated:
October 10, 2012
November 15, 2016