Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for Prior Learning is an opportunity for Southwestern students to be granted credit for verifiable, college-level learning that is acquired outside the college setting through life or work experience. There are several ways to gain Credit for Prior Learning, including the College Level Entrance Examination Program (CLEP), challenge exams by course, Advanced Placement Program (APP), military training, industry certifications/training programs, or Prior Learning Assessments (PLA). Talk to your advisor to learn more about options.

Students must be working toward a degree, be enrolled, and complete a minimum of three credits at Southwestern during the quarter in which a class is challenged or prior learning is assessed. Students may request credit for prior learning for up to 25% of their credits to satisfy the requirements for a 1 year certificate or 2 year degree. If planning to transfer to another institution, it is recommended that the student check with their intended transfer school for acceptance of challenge/PLA credits. Challenge/PLA credits do not count toward determining financial aid or veteran’s benefits and payment (half the tuition) is required before the Challenge/PLA process is started.

Advanced Placement Program (APP)

High school seniors who participate in the College Entrance Examination Board’s Advanced Placement Program may seek advanced placement in a variety of disciplines. Entering freshman who have taken the APP tests should have the results sent to the Student First Stop Center. Advanced placement and/or college credit may be granted upon recommendation of the appropriate party. Credit may be granted only if students are working towards a degree/certificate, enrolled and completed a minimum of three credits at Southwestern during the quarter. The Student First Stop Center and the Educational Support and Programs Services can provide interested students with procedures.

Challenge

Students who believe that they have the knowledge and skills from life experience, industry training or professional certification, may request to challenge a course by petition or by an examination in lieu of class attendance. (Laboratory classes may be challenged with the approval of the dean/faculty.) Successful challenge results in grade and credit on the Southwestern permanent record identified as credit for challenge. Credit may be granted only if the students are working towards a degree/certificate, enrolled and completed a minimum of three credits at Southwestern during the quarter the challenge is assessed. The Student First Stop Center and the Educational Support Programs and Services will provide interested students with procedures.

Students may not drop or withdraw from challenged courses. Financial aid recipients cannot use financial aid dollars to “challenge” courses.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Students enrolled at Southwestern may receive credit for certain college courses by submitting official scores from the College Level Entrance Examination Program (CLEP). Successful CLEP exam results in grade and credit on the Southwestern permanent record identified as CLEP. The Student First Stop Center and the Educational Support Programs and Services can provide interested students with procedures.

CLEP Test Taken Credits Equivalent Courses
Business
Financial Accounting 8 BA211, BA212
Business Law 4.5 BA230, BA000 .5 crd
Management 4.5 BA206
Marketing 4.5 BA223 and BA000 1.5 crd
Computers
Information Systems & Computer Applications 4.5 CIS120 and CS000 .5 crd
Composition
College Composition 9 WR121, WR122, WR123
Coll Comp Modular 9 WR121, WR122, WR123
Literature
American Literature 9 ENG0001
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 9 ENG0001
English Literature 9 ENG104, ENG105, ENG106
Humanities
Humanities 9 HUM204, HUM205, HUM206
World Languages
French Language Level 1 9 FR101, FR102 and FR000 1 crd
French Language Level 2 18 FR103, FR201, FR203 and FR000 2 crd1
German Language Level 1 9 GER101, GER102 and GER000 1 crd
German Language Level 2 18 GER103, GER201, GER202, GER203 and GER000 2 crd1
Spanish Language Level 1 9 SPAN101, SPAN102 and SPAN000 1 crd
Spanish Language Level 2 18 SPAN103, SPAN201, SPAN202, SPAN203 and SPAN000 2 crd1
History and Social Sciences
Western Civilization thru 1648 4.5 HIST101 3 crd and HST000 1.5 crd1
Western Civilization thru Present 4.5 HIST102 3 crd and HST000 1.5 crd1
Both Western Civilization Tests 9 HST101, HST102, HST103 3 crd each
History of the U.S. thru 1877 4.5 HST201 3 crd and HST000 1.5 crd1
History of the U.S. thru Present 4.5 HST202 3 crd and HST000 1.5 crd1
Both U.S. History Tests 9 HST201, HST202, HST203 3 crd each
Social Sciences and History 9 SOC000, HIST000, PSY000 3 crd each1
American Government 4.5 PS201 and PS000 1.5 crd1
Economics
Macroeconomics 4.5 ECON201 and ECON000 .5 crd1
Microeconomics 4.5 ECON202 and ECON000 .5 crd1
Psychology
Educational Psychology 4.5 PSY201 and PSY000 1.5 crd1
Psychology 4.5 PSY201 and PSY000 1.5 crd1
Human Growth & Dev. 3 PSY237
Sociology
Sociology 4.5 SOC204 and SOC000 1.5 crd1
Science
Biology 9 BI0002
Chemistry 9 CHEM0002
Natural Sciences 9 GS0002
Mathematics
Calculus 4.5 MTH251 and MTH000 .5 crd1
College Algebra 4.5 MTH111 and MTH000 .5 crd1
Precalculus 4 MTH112
College Mathematics 9 MTH95, MTH105 and MTH000 1 crd1
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