General Institutional Policies on PLA
Maximum limit for all forms of PLA credits:
Chattanooga State does not impose an overall limit on credit awarded by prior learning assessment. However, to earn a degree or certificate from Chattanooga State, a substantial portion of your coursework must be earned here. Consult your advisor for specific guidance.
Types of PLA offered:
Chattanooga State recognizes all types of PLA discussed on the BeginAgainTN “Types of PLA” web site.
These types of PLA generally fall into these categories:
- College-level work done in high school (such as AP tests)
- Nationally-recognized examination programs (such as CLEP)
- College-level learning while in the military
- College-level learning in the workplace
- Learning documented by portfolio
Programs accepting PLA:
Once applied to the transcript, PLA may satisfy requirements in any program. For questions regarding PLA's please review the PLA FAQs
Fees and other costs:
Your prior learning must be evaluated before it can be posted to your transcript. There are fees to evaluate your prior learning, whether charged by Chattanooga State or by a third party agency. Once your prior learning has been evaluated, Chattanooga State does not charge additional fees to post credit to your transcript.
Chattanooga State’s departments charge $100 to administer and evaluate a departmental challenge exam or for a faculty panel to evaluate a portfolio.
Other limitations that student's should be aware of:
For general information about portfolio assessments, please see the College Handbook and the College Catalog. For questions regarding portfolio assessment please review the PLA FAQs
Institutional Contacts for PLA:
Anne Carroll, 423-697-2603, firstname.lastname@example.org