2000-1-10Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition - Internal and External

Issue Date:
March 28, 2017
Supersedes Date:
October 31, 2016

Upon request, the college will provide a copy of this policy in an alternate format.

Lambton College recognizes the learning that takes place at other post-secondary institutions and endeavours to recognize that learning through the granting of credit. Lambton College also recognizes that learning may take place outside of formal post-secondary institutions through life experience, non-formal study, work and training. Through the assessment of prior learning - both formal and informal - using processes that enable the student to demonstrate the prior learning, Lambton College can recognize and grant credit towards a program or course.

Policy

Transfer Credit (TC)

  1. A Transfer Credit (TC) may be awarded for a Lambton College course on the basis of a course, which the student successfully completed at another post-secondary institution, which is determined to be substantially similar to the Lambton College course.
  2. In order for a TC to be considered, the student must have completed the course at the other institution with a grade of C or a mark of 63% or better, within the previous seven years.
  3. In order for a TC to be awarded, it must be determined that the course completed at another post-secondary institution is substantially similar to the Lambton College course for which the TC is being sought. In order for the course to be deemed substantially similar, it must
    1. cover or match 70% of the learning outcomes of the Lambton course,
    2. demonstrate a rigour and depth comparable to the Lambton course, and
    3. employ an evaluation scheme of reasonable soundness, with a variety of assessment methods and reasonable weighting attached to each evaluation.
  4. The TC application and the awarding of the TC grade must occur before the Registration Deadline. See Policy 2000-1-2 - Registration.
  5. The application for a Transfer Credit must be made to the Registrar's Office. In some cases, the equivalency between an external course and an internal courses is recorded on the information system and will be recognized by the system. The student will be offered the opportunity to accept the course equivalency in meeting program requirements. In the absence of such an offer, the requirement to apply for the recognition of the external credit remains with the student.
  6. The student applying for a TC must provide a transcript documenting the completion of the course, an outline for the previously completed course, and any other documents required by the assessor to make a thorough and accurate assessment of the course.
  7. The determination of the awarding of the TC grade will be made by the relevant Dean, after consultation with the appropriate faculty, and forwarded to the Registrar who will notify the student.

Advanced Standing (AS)

  1. An Advanced Standing (AS) grade may be awarded for a course on the basis of an assessment of the student by Lambton College (e.g. experiential learning evaluation, successful completion of a challenge test, assessment of cumulative formal learning, etc.) through which the student demonstrates achievement of the course learning outcomes.
  2. Typically, but not necessarily, the determination of Advanced Standing will occur through the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition process.
  3. The awarding of the AS grade for a course must occur before the Registration Deadline for the semester in which the student would normally take the course. See Policy 2000-1-2 — Registration.
  4. The application for an Advanced Standing must be made to the Registrar's Office. In some cases, the eligibility of particular previous learning may be recorded on the information system and will be recognized by the system. The student will be offered the opportunity to accept the standing course equivalency in meeting program requirements. In the absence of such an offer, the requirement to apply for the recognition of the previous learning remains with the student.
  5. The determination of the awarding of the AS grade will be made by the relevant Dean, on advice from the appropriate faculty, and forwarded to the Registrar who will notify the student.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

  1. A person who has acquired knowledge and skills, through life experience, non-formal study, work and training, that may be the equivalent to the learning required in a course or courses in a Lambton College program, may request a review and assessment of that learning, through the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process to determine the formal recognition (course credit) that may be awarded.
  2. A person requesting Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition does not need to be enrolled in a Lambton College program at the time of the request. He must, however, demonstrate that through life experience, non-formal study, or work and training experience that he has the background to undertake PLAR.
  3. The assessment of the student’s learning will be undertaken by a content-expert College faculty member. The assessment may be based on the challenge process or portfolio assessment. The method(s) of assessment will be determined by the faculty member in discussion with the student and will vary according to the subject matter being assessed.
  4. A fee will be levied for PLAR, payable at the time of registering for PLAR. After meeting with the faculty assessor, and once the assessment criteria and requirements have been established by the faculty assessor, the student may either indicate that he wishes to proceed or may withdraw the application for PLAR within five working days and be refunded the PLAR fee minus a processing fee.
  5. Once the student has indicated that he wishes to proceed, the student must complete all requirements within four months in the case of a single course assessment, and within eight months in the case of a multi-course assessment.
  6. A grade and credit will be awarded only if the student demonstrates sufficient current learning as determined by the faculty evaluator. The grade awarded will be commensurate with the demonstrated learning relative to normal grading expectations for the course(s). The grade awarded will be one of the grades normally awarded for that course. In exceptional circumstances, and with the approval of the Dean, the AS grade may be awarded.
  7. The grade for a course earned through PLAR will be recorded on the student's transcript.
  8. The grade and credit earned through PLAR will not be designated or in any way identified on the student transcript as having been earned through the PLAR process.
  9. Unsuccessful attempts through PLAR will not be recorded or noted on the student transcript.
  10. A student currently registered in a course beyond Day 10, or previously registered in a course, may not use the PLAR process to attempt a grade or credit in the course until at least one year has lapsed from the end of the semester in which the student was most recently enrolment in the course.
  11. Courses completed and credits earned through the PLAR process do not fulfill residency requirements. See Policy 2000-1-9 — Residency Requirements and Recording of Courses and Grades.

Recognition of Internal Credits

  1. Equivalent courses completed at Lambton College shall be transferable among Lambton College certificate and diploma programs. Credits earned through the successful completion of courses in one program may be recognized for credit towards the completion of another program.
  2. A course successfully completed within one Lambton College program required within a different Lambton College program shall be recognized as meeting the requirements of the different program provided that any grade level requirement of the different program, e.g. a grade of C or better, and the course currency requirement are met. No additional entry or re-entry of the course on the transcript will be made.
  3. In those instances in which a the previously completed course is recognized as equivalent to a different course required in a second program, the first course shall be recognized and accepted for credential requirements audit purposes, provided that the grade required for graduation from the second program was achieved in the first course. The grade earned on the course will be used in the calculation of the student’s GPA in the second program. There will be no additional entry or re-entry of the course on the transcript.
  4. In those instances in which two or more previously completed Lambton College courses are recognized as collectively providing for the achievement of the learning outcomes of a (different) course required in a different program, the achievement of the learning outcomes for the course in question shall be recognized with the awarding of an Advanced Standing (AS) grade for the different course, provided that the previous courses were successfully completed at a grade level consistent with the graduation requirements of the second program. The course, with its associated AS grade, shall be recorded on the transcript and accepted for credential requirements audit purposes for the second program.
  5. The application for the recognition of the internal credit, for either of the above instances, must be made to the Registrar’s Office. In some cases, the equivalency between two internal courses is recorded on the information system and will be recognized by the system. The student will be offered the opportunity to accept the course equivalency in meeting program requirements. In the absence of such an offer, the requirement to apply for the recognition of the internal credit remains with the student.
  6. The determination of the recognition of the internal credit will be made by the relevant Dean after consultation with the appropriate faculty, and forwarded to the Registrar who will notify the student of the decision.

Appeals

  1. Decisions regarding the awarding of TC, AS and PLAR grades may be appealed according to Policy 2000-1-13 — Appeal of an Academic Decision.

For questions or concerns regarding policies, please contact:

Jim Elliott
Director, Quality Assurance & Institutional Research
519-542-7751 x 3489
jim.elliott@lambtoncollege.ca

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