Regional Accreditation Standards

The following standards from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) are relevant to Academic Credit for Prior Learning.

1.C.8 Transfer credit and credit for prior learning is accepted according to clearly defined, widely published, and easily accessible policies that provide adequate safeguards to ensure academic quality. In accepting transfer credit, the receiving institution ensures that such credit accepted is appropriate for its programs and comparable in nature, content, academic rigor, and quality.

2.C.1 The institution’s transfer-of-credit policy maintains the integrity of its programs and facilitates the efficient mobility of students desirous of the completion of their educational credits, credentials, or degrees in furtherance of their academic goals.

2.C.3 The institution’s academic and administrative policies and procedures should include admission and placement policies that guide the enrollment of students in courses and programs through an evaluation of prerequisite knowledge, skills, and abilities to ensure a reasonable probability of student success at a level commensurate with the institution’s expectations. Such policies should also include a policy regarding continuation in and termination from its educational programs, including its appeal and re-admission policy.

State Guidelines

Guidelines for Prior Learning Assessment are available from the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges.

For more on Non-Traditional Credits Policy & Guidelines, please see the Current Course Catalog.

Contact Academic Credit for Prior Learning

Find out if you can earn your degree faster and save on tuition by inquiring about Academic Credit for Prior Learning. Visit in person or contact our staff by phone or email. Walk-ins welcome during regular business hours.

Program Coordinator

  Britney Deal