W. Va. Code R. § 135-59-5 - Institutional Policies Regarding Awarding Credit for Prior Learning

Current through Register Vol. XXXIX, No. 11, March 18, 2022

5.1. State colleges and universities shall develop institutional policies for evaluating prior learning and for awarding credit consistent with this policy.
5.1.1. Each institution shall develop appropriate policies and procedures for awarding credit for a student's prior college-level learning in accordance with this policy, accrediting bodies' guidelines for prior learning assessment, and principles of good educational practice.
5.1.2. Institutional policy will apply to all academic programs.
5.1.3. The institutional policy on Credit for Prior Learning must be filed with the Council for Community and Technical College Education and the Higher Education Policy Commission.
5.2. Institutions shall identify the forms of PLA credits that the institution will award, the processes for acquiring such credit, and make that information publicly available to students, faculty, and other stakeholders.
5.3. Institutions shall have discretionary authority to award academic credit for prior learning that is equivalent to coursework which meets the requirements for the degree program in which the student is enrolled.
5.4. Credit for prior learning can apply toward majors, minors, general education requirements, and electives that count toward the student's chosen degree or certificate. Prior Learning Assessment credit may also satisfy prerequisite requirements. College credit awarded through PLA shall not be treated differently in its application and use than its course equivalencies or appropriate block credit.
5.5. Credit for prior learning shall only be awarded to students who are admitted to the institution and have declared a major field of study.
5.6. Credit awarded through PLA shall not count toward institutional residency requirements.
5.7. The evaluation of a portfolio must be completed by faculty with appropriate professional credentials. Course-specific examinations must be designed and evaluated by faculty with appropriate professional credentials. A recommendation for credit shall be made to the appropriate academic officer at the institution and in accordance with the institution's PLA guidelines.
5.8. Institutions must accept PLA credit up to 30 credits for bachelor's degrees, up to 15 credits for associate's degrees, and up to 6 credits for certificate programs.
5.8.1. Institutions may set a higher limit not to exceed 60 credits for bachelor's degrees, not to exceed 30 credits for associate's degrees, and not to exceed 15 credits for certificate programs.
5.8.2. If a program accrediting body has a specific maximum for PLA credit, then that maximum should be honored by that particular program.
5.9. Credit awarded through Prior Learning Assessment must be clearly identified as such on a student's official transcript according to institutional PLA guidelines, but it should be evident that the credits are PLA. Such credit shall not be used to determine a student's grade point average or used in the calculation of graduation honors. The credit should be recorded as "Credit" only.
5.10. Student requests for awards of academic credit for prior learning shall be submitted in accordance with the guidelines established by the institution. Institutions must establish a written record of their decisions and the basis for that decision in accepting or declining a Prior Learning Assessment (whether it is portfolio evaluation or other type of assessment) for academic credit. Institutional policies should ensure the transparency of the award or denial of PLA credit. Additionally, institutions must develop and communicate a process for appealing PLA decisions.
5.11. Prior Learning Assessment fees may vary based upon the type of assessment performed. Prior Learning Assessment credit and transcripting fees to students must be clearly published and made available to the student.
5.12. Institutions will regularly review their PLA policies to ensure that they are consistent with accreditation PLA guidelines and state, regional, and national practices.


W. Va. Code R. § 135-59-5

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