Awarding Academic Credit for Prior Learning

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Following the standards set by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, we consider four categories when awarding credit for non-traditional learning:

  1. Credit by Testing
  2. Prior Experiential Learning
  3. Extra-Institutional Learning
  4. Course Challenges

The following general conditions apply:

  • Credits awarded by Bellevue College may not transfer to other colleges and universities, and we make no claim regarding the application or transfer of awarded credits to the programs at other schools.
  • Awarded credits do not count toward the college residence requirement. This means you must earn, at Bellevue College, one-third of the credits needed to complete your degree or certificate.
  • Awarded credits must generally meet the same standards, course objectives, and learning outcomes of equivalent courses offered by the college.
  • Awarded credits are subject to review and approval by faculty.
  • Students must register for the current or upcoming quarter before the process of awarding non-traditional credit begins.

Credit by Testing

Includes commonly accepted higher education equivalency exams, and based on type of test and test scores. Tests include:

  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)
  • Cambridge “A” Level Exam

AP, IB, and Cambridge A-Level Exams can be used for credit and/or placement depending upon the subject and score.

More detailed information about AP, IB, and Cambridge A-Level can be found here.

Submit an official copy of your test scores, and the Request to Award Non-Traditional Credit form following the process as indicated on the form.

 Prior Experiential Learning

This option includes knowledge and skills acquired through experience alone. Faculty evaluate (subjectively) a compilation of work submitted in a portfolio. The College awards credit based on the following:

  • Portfolio Review – College Level Credits (courses numbered 100 or above)
    • The College may award up to 25% of the credits needed to complete a degree or certificate program.
    • Credits awarded must correspond to courses offered at Bellevue College.
    • Work directly with your faculty advisor to develop the requirements needed to complete a portfolio.
      • Faculty may require you to register for a Portfolio class.
      • The award of credit for prior experiential learning is entirely subject to faculty availability and approval, and the college cannot guarantee faculty availability for all courses and subject areas.
      • Once you develop a plan with your faculty, you must pay a fee and submit the Request to Award Non-Traditional Credit form following the process indicated on the form.
    • The Portfolio Review must demonstrate that you possess the same knowledge and skills as students who enroll in, and successfully complete the specified course.
  • HS21+ Portfolio Review – for courses numbered below the 100 level
    • This option provides an opportunity to use prior learning, as well as courses taken in high school to earn a high school diploma.
    • Students interested in this option work directly with the HS21+ Office to establish the requirements needed to reach their academic goals.

 Extra-Institutional Learning

This option includes knowledge and skills acquired outside the institution and objectively verified through third-party certifications, industry-recognized testing/training, and crosswalks. Awarded credit must correspond to courses offered at Bellevue College. The college may award up to two-thirds of the credits needed to complete a degree or certificate. The College awards credit based on the following:

 

  • Individual industry certifications: Corresponding courses verified by faculty
  • Occupational Crosswalks (Police, Fire, AmeriCorps, etc.): Corresponding courses verified by faculty.
  • American Council on Education (ACE)
  • Joint Services Transcripts (JST)

The College may award up two-thirds of the credits needed to complete a degree or certificate program for academic coursework, and training completed while serving in a branch of the U.S. Military.

Official transcripts from colleges and universities may be sent to us electronically, if that option is available, to evaluations@bellevuecollege.edu They can be mailed to us in a college-sealed envelope to:  Bellevue College, ATTN: Evaluations, 3000 Landerholm Cir SE, Bellevue, WA  98007. They can be brought to Student Central in B-125 as long as it is in a college-sealed envelope.

Submit official copies of all certifications, and/or official transcripts documenting training and coursework, as well as the Request to Award Non-Traditional Credit form following the process indicated on the form.

Course Challenge (formerly Credit by Examination)

Challenge examinations are instructor-designed, and demonstrate that you possess the same knowledge and skills as those students who enroll in, and successfully complete the course. You should have previous training, private study, work experience, or other bona fide qualifications indicating you have this knowledge. The following conditions apply:

  • The college does not provide the Course Challenge option for all classes offered. Check with the appropriate Instructional Department/Program Chair to determine if a desired course has a challenge option.
  • The College places no limit on the number of credits awarded under this option. However, Instructional departments/programs may place restrictions on the amount of credit awarded.
  • You may not use the course challenge option for a course you previously enrolled in, or audited, at Bellevue College.
  • To receive credit you must achieve a “C” or better in the course challenge.
  • If you attempt but fail a course challenge, you may not repeat the challenge.
  • You cannot receive credit by course challenge for 100 and 200 level courses in you native language.

You must pay a fee and submit the Request to Award Non-Traditional Credit form following the process indicated on the form.

Last Updated December 7, 2018