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Awarding Credit through Experiential Learning

1. Credit for experiential learning can be awarded only after the assessment of experiential learning experiences and only for documented learning that demonstrates achievement of all terminal objectives for a specific course or courses.

2. Course credit earned through experiential learning shall be noted on the student’s transcript as having been awarded through experiential learning.

3. Credit for academic transfer courses awarded through experiential learning may be awarded by examination or nationally recognized guidelines only (DANTES, Challenge Exams, ACE PONSI/CREDIT, and ACE/Military). Credit for experiential learning (portfolio review) may not be awarded for academic transfer courses.

4. In the process of determining if credit can be awarded for experiential learning, colleges shall charge students only for the cost of the experiential learning services and not for the amount of credit awarded.

5. There shall be a charge of $25 for each portfolio review to assess experiential learning for college credit. Documentation must be provided for each course for which credit through experiential learning is requested, and the $25 fee applies to each review of the documentation (e.g., individual is charged $50 if the person is seeking credit through experiential learning for two courses and thereby requires portfolio reviews in relation to those two courses). Students seeking credit for academic transfer courses through examination or nationally recognized guidelines are not charged a fee for experiential learning or for credits awarded through experiential learning.

6. No more than 25% of total credit required for any program may be awarded as a result of experiential learning, CLEP, etc. Credit awarded through experiential learning does not count toward the minimum of 25% of semester credit hours that must be completed at the college granting the degree as referenced in State Board of Education Policy 715.01.

7. Before receiving credit through experiential learning for a course, an individual must meet enrollment requirements of the course.

8. Credit may not be awarded twice for the same learning. College Credit by Examination or Experience The Alabama Community College System recognizes that individuals can develop mastery of course competencies through employment, training, and other experiences, which is termed “prior learning.” College credit can be awarded for prior learning toward courses whose terminal objectives have already been mastered to an acceptable degree of proficiency. The individual must document skill mastery, and experiential learning/college credit can only be awarded through an examination. If a student achieves the required score, the student may receive credit through either the Advanced Placement Program Examination (AP) or through the College Level Examination Program General Examinations (CLEP) under the following conditions. The Advanced Placement Program (AP) is a cooperative effort between secondary and post-secondary education. Students taking advanced placement courses in high school may take the Advanced Placement Examination after completion of those high school courses. College credit may be awarded to students based upon the results of the examination. The CLEP offers a wide range of exams that can save you time and money. A satisfactory score on an exam allows you to receive college credit for what you already know. More information regarding CLEP credit granting policies is available at or in the Testing Department. CLEP score currently accepted can be found by clicking here and going to page 33 of the catalog and student handbook.

The ACT Assessment is also administered at the various College campuses on multiple national testing dates. A complete schedule of the ACT national testing dates is available from the ACT official website: For information on ACT, CLEP, and COMPASS placement testing, call 256.549.8497. The COMPASS is also available at our other campuses. Please contact the location nearest you for more information. Ayers Campus-Anniston, 256.835.5400; Gadsden State Cherokee-Centre, 256.927.1800; McClellan Center-Anniston, 256.238.8342; Wallace Drive Campus-Gadsden, 256.549.8497.