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I. Purpose

A. The purpose of this Interim Transfer Credit for Prior Learning Examinations Policy (“Policy”) is to establish the rules regarding the award academic credit for Prior Learning Examinations, as defined below, by Anne Arundel Community College (“College”).

II. Scope and Applicability

A. This Policy applies to Students who wish to be awarded academic credit for Prior Learning Examinations, as defined below.

B. This Policy does not apply to credit from other Non-Traditional Sources, as defined below.

III. Definitions

A. Catalog is the official reference for the College’s academic programs, courses, and academic regulations.

B. Credit for Prior Learning is credit granted toward the award of a certificate or degree for experiential learning that can be shown through various means of assessment to be the equivalent of learning gained through formal collegiate instruction, including Prior Learning Examinations and Non-Traditional Sources.

C. Elective may be any course among the College’s credit courses of instruction that does not meet a General Education Requirement or Program Requirement in a student’s selected Program of Study.

D. Faculty are subject matter experts including instructional specialists, deans and assistant deans. Faculty does not include non-academic staff.

E. General Education Requirement is a course that is classified as part of the foundational, interdisciplinary curriculum fostering knowledge, skills, and perspectives that enable critical thinking, global awareness, lifelong learning, and community engagement offered or accepted by the College.

F. Non-Traditional Sources include military experience, life and work experiences, clinical practice and cooperative education experiences, credit awarded through articulation agreements, technical courses from career programs, program pathways, proficiency assessment, department examination, portfolio assessment, and any other Credit for Prior Learning deemed acceptable by the College.

G. Official Score Report is a score report received directly from a Testing Agency.

H. Prior Learning Examinations include Advanced Placement Program Examinations (“AP”), Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education Diploma Examinations (“AICE”), College-Level Examination Program Examinations (“CLEP”), International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Examinations (“IB”), Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (“DANTES”) Subject Standardized Tests (“DSST”), and any other standardized examination deemed acceptable by the College.

I. Program of Study, also referred to as major, is a structured and coherent course of study with clearly defined learning objectives and intended student learning outcomes, leading to the award of a certificate or degree, that requires the completion of a specified number of course credits from among a prescribed group of General Education Requirements, Electives, and/or Program Requirement courses.

J. Program Requirement is any course required to complete a Student's selected Program of Study.

K. Student is an individual who has completed an admissions application with the College.

L. Testing Agency refers to The College Board, DANTES, International Baccalaureate, or Cambridge International.

IV. Awarding Credit

A. The College may award academic credit for scores of three (3) or higher on AP exams, 50 or higher on CLEP, C or higher on AICE, five (5) or higher on IB, 400 or higher on DSST, and scores for any other standardized examination deemed acceptable by the College.

B. Faculty will review the Prior Learning Examination content to determine course and credit equivalencies and acceptable scores, in accordance with the Interim Transfer Credit for Prior Learning Examinations Procedure.

C. Course and credit equivalencies and acceptable scores will be set forth in the Catalog.

D. Credit awarded under this Policy will be classified as a General Education Requirement, Program Requirement, or an Elective credit dependent upon the Student’s active Program of Study at the time of evaluation. 

E. In the event the Program of Study does not require the credit which the student seeks, no credit will be awarded.

F. A maximum of thirty (30) credits towards a degree or certificate may be earned through Non-Traditional Sources of credit across all categories of Credit for Prior Learning, including Prior Learning Examinations.

G. The College may award credit under this Policy based on the Student’s score on the Prior Learning Examination as set forth in the Catalog at the time the Official Score Report is received by the College.

H. Credit for Prior Learning Examinations will follow nationally accepted standards for the notation of such credit on the Student’s transcript.

V. Exceptions

A. If a Program of Study requires more than sixty (60) credits, the maximum number of credits towards a degree or certificate, earned through Non-Traditional Sources across all categories of Credit for Prior Learning, including Prior Learning Examinations, may exceed thirty (30) credits, but is limited to half the total credits required for that Program of Study.

B. Pursuant to the College’s academic regulations concerning transfer credit, no credit will be awarded if equivalent or similar credit has already been awarded through coursework completed at or accepted by the College.

Policy Title: Interim Transfer Credit for Prior Learning Examinations Policy

Policy Category: Academic Affairs

Policy Owner: Vice President for Learning and Provost

Policy Administrator: Registrar

Contact Information: Nanci Beier; transfercredit@aacc.edu; 410-777-2834

Approval Date: Oct. 1, 2022

Effective Date: Oct. 1, 2022

History: N/A

Applies to: Faculty, students, staff

Related Policies: N/A

Related Procedures: Interim Transfer Credit for Prior Learning Examinations Procedure

Forms/Guidelines:

Relevant Laws: 

  • COMAR 13B.06.02, et. seq.
  • Md. Code, Educ., §11-207