Prior Learning Assessments
Prior Learning Assessment
Arkansas State University-Mountain Home recognizes students may have gained college-level knowledge through learning outside the university. ASUMH recognizes three types of internal Prior Learning Assessments (PLA) on its campus: Custom Course Challenge Exam, Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio, and Industry Certification and Licensures. Each assessment must be completed before the student's last semester on campus. Each assessment will have a non-refundable and non-financial aid eligible fee which is found in the list of ASUMH Tuition and Fees.
Custom Course Challenge Exam - This assessment allows current applied technical education students to earn credit for certain classes by challenging a course's final exam. The exam will only be offered once. This exam will not be offered for a course with a comparable CLEP exam and the student must score at least an 80% to apply credit to their program of study. The instructions for this are found on the Prior Learning Assessment Form.
Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio - This portfolio is developed through the guidance of a faculty member to determine if the student's previous career or life experiences are equitable for ASUMH course credit. To obtain this credit the student must follow the steps on the Prior Learning Assessment Form.
Industry Certification and Licensures - There are many certifications and licensures a student can gain prior to attending ASUMH that can equate to ASUMH credit. A student must work with an ASUMH faculty member in that field to determine if the certificate or licensure is equivalent to a course credit. The instructions for this are found on the Prior Learning Assessment Form.