Prior Learning Assessment | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


Prior Learning Assessment

  • Earn College Credit for What You Already Know

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    Capital University recognizes that learning takes place in a variety of environments in addition to the classroom. Many students enter Capital with meaningful and relevant learning from their careers, non-credit courses, training, extracurricular activities and personal experiences. Procedures have been developed to help students acquire academic credit for college-level learning gained through nontraditional means. Basically, this procedure involves assembling a competency statement describing past learning outcomes and documenting relevant life experiences. The University Competency Assessment Panel reviews these competency statements and determines if academic credit can be awarded. For more information, please review the Guide to Experiential Learning. (PDF)

    Course Waiver 

    Waivers for any of the General Education Goals are determined on the basis of either the student passing the appropriate waiver test and/or approval of transferred coursework from another accredited college or university, or other courses taken at Capital.

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    Credit by Examination 

    Currently enrolled students may earn credit by taking an examination in undergraduate courses offered by the university, subject to approval, of, and administered by the appropriate academic department or school.

    College Level Examination Program (CLEP) 

    College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) allows students to earn college credit without actually having to attend class. CLEP exams allow students to demonstrate knowledge they have obtained through independent study or prior life, work or cultural experiences.

    Proficiency Examination - No credit awarded 

    Currently enrolled students may be excused from taking departmental courses or may qualify for enrollment in advanced departmental courses by demonstrating proficiency in the subject matter through proficiency examinations administered by various departments. No credit is given for the successful completion of the proficiency test, but the student is permitted to enroll in an alternate course or be exempt from a requirement. However, there is no reduction in the total number of semester hours needed to complete the degree.

    Get Credit for On-the-Job Training 

    American Council on Education (ACE) 

    The use of American Council on Education credit can be approved for satisfying general education and major/minor requirements. In accordance with the university policy, the final authority in the use of A.C.E. credit toward satisfying the general education goals lies with the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.

    Ex. Military Training

    Career Technical Assurance Guidance (CTAG) 

    Students who successfully complete specified technical programs are eligible to have technical credit transfer to public colleges and universities. This transfer of credit is described in the Career Technical Assurance Guides (CTAGs). CTAGs are advising tools that assist students moving from Ohio secondary and adult career-technical institutions to Ohio public institutions of higher education.

    Ex. Firefighter, Police Officer Training