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Credit for Prior Learning
BRCC recognizes that learning takes place in a variety of situations and circumstances and is committed to crediting students for such learning, as applicable, under the following guidelines.

Credit by Evaluation
BRCC offers credit by evaluation for prior learning in the following categories.

1. Educational Experiences in the Armed Services
BRCC may award credit for military experiences based on the American Council on Education (ACE) Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. A student may receive college credit if:

a. the training parallels a discipline area offered through BRCC, and
b. the credit meets a program requirement or is used as elective credit

Upon request, individuals who have successfully completed basic training will be awarded four credit hours in physical education as indicated in the ACE Guide and the Community College of the Air Force Catalog. Official documentation of military training is required.

2. Credit for Training Programs
ACE evaluates training programs offered by business, industry, and government, and publishes its credit recommendations in The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs. If a student had received training which appears in the guide, he/she may receive college credit if

a. the training parallels a discipline area offered through BRCC, and
b. the credit meets a program requirement or is used as elective credit

3. Departmental Credit by Evaluation
Students may apply for Departmental Credit by Evaluation in certain courses. Applicants must obtain the appropriate form from the Office of Enrollment Services, complete the necessary applications, meet the requirements of the college, and pay the required tuition/fees (see BRCC's "Fee Schedule" on the BRCC website for appropriate fees). Fees are not refundable if a student fails to obtain credit.

Students may not request:

  • a course to be evaluated a second time
  • an evaluation of a course while currently enrolled in the course
  • credit for a previously completed course
  • credit for a lower level of a course in which credit has been received

Some departments have additional requirements which must be met before credit is awarded through departmental credit by evaluation. When credit is granted, a notation of "credit by evaluation" and the number of credits appears on the student's transcript. These credits are not used in computing grade point average. Credit by evaluation is not transferable to other colleges and universities.

College-Level Equivalency Examinations
Ace has published credit recommendations for a number of national standardized examinations such as the ones listed from the Guide to Educational Credit by Examination. BRCC uses these recommendations as guidelines to award credit for equivalent BRCC coursework as well as elective credit. Scores must be sent directly to the Office of Enrollment Services from the specific testing company before credit is awarded. All equivalency is subject to future review and possible catalog changes.

1. Advanced Placement Examination
Students who have taken an advanced placement course of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) in their secondary school and who have taken an Advanced Placement Examination of the CEEB may receive course credit with a score of 3, 4, or 5, depending on the subject. Scores must be received directly from CEEB before credit is awarded.

2. College Level Examination Program
BRCC may award credit to individuals who have received an acceptable score on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) General Examinations and who meet/exceed the ACE recommended scores for awarding credit on the CLEP subject examinations. Students transferring to other colleges or universities will be required to follow the transfer institution's policy on granting CLEP credit.

English Composition: Students pursuing credit for ENGL 101 must present official documents confirming the necessary scores on the English Composition with Essay exam. BRCC does not award credit for ENGL 102 through a CLEP examination.

Foreign Languages: Credit earned through a CLEP examination for French, German, or Spanish meets the language proficiency requirements of BRCC.

For CLEP examinations taken prior to July 1, 2001, BRCC will grant credit based on scaled scores.

3. Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support Examination Program
BRCC may award credit for the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Examination Program to individuals who meet or exceed the ACE recommended scores for awarding credit on the DANTES subject examinations. BRCC does not award credit for ENGL 102 through a DANTES examination. Credit received through DANTES is transferable at BRCC, but is not transferable to other colleges/universities.

4. Departmental Credit by Examination
Students may apply for Departmental Credit by Examination for certain courses by contacting the department in which the course is housed. Students must pay the application fee, complete the examination, and meet all other requirements. See BRCC's "Fee Schedule" on the BRCC website for appropriate fees.

Students may not request:

  • to challenge a course by examination a second time
  • to challenge a course by examination while currently enrolled in the course
  • to establish credit in a previously completed course, or
  • to establish credit for a lower level of a course in which credit has been received

Certain departments may have additional requirements which must be met before credit is awarded through departmental credit by examination. If successful, a grade of Pass (P) is recorded on the student's transcript with a notation of "CEEL" along with the number of credit hours earned. Fees are nonrefundable, regardless of the outcome of the examination.

Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio Development

BRCC allows learners to receive college credit through portfolio development for prior learning experiences that do not have a standardized mechanism for college credit evaluation. Assessment by portfolio is a process through which a student documents that college-level learning experiences have been obtained through non-college experiences. Portfolio assessment may result in the award of credit for one or more specific BRCC courses. A fee is assessed for review of the portfolio regardless of whether credit is awarded.

 

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