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1 Credit for Prior Experiential Learning (CPEL) Proposed Policy Draft Highlights

2 College Recognition for Existing Practice “The College recognizes that students may learn college-level knowledge and skills in a variety of situations: employment, military experiences, internships, externships, independent research, volunteer or civic work, certifications, licensure experiences and training, and college courses not previously transcripted. To minimize the loss of credit to students and repeated coursework, the College has created a process for the awarding of credit for prior experiential learning.”“The College recognizes that students may learn college-level knowledge and skills in a variety of situations: employment, military experiences, internships, externships, independent research, volunteer or civic work, certifications, licensure experiences and training, and college courses not previously transcripted. To minimize the loss of credit to students and repeated coursework, the College has created a process for the awarding of credit for prior experiential learning.”

3 Required Parameters of CPEL CPEL is awarded only for college-level learning and must be related to the theories, practices, and content of the academic field. Assessed learning must take place after high school. Faculty members in the discipline/program in consultation with the program chair and division dean will determine which courses are eligible. Only faculty who are Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) will determine when CPEL is granted. Comprehensive, verifiable, authentic, up-to-date documentation of learning req. Assessment processes will be consistent with contemporary methodologies in the respective fields.CPEL is awarded only for college-level learning and must be related to the theories, practices, and content of the academic field. Assessed learning must take place after high school. Faculty members in the discipline/program in consultation with the program chair and division dean will determine which courses are eligible. Only faculty who are Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) will determine when CPEL is granted. Comprehensive, verifiable, authentic, up-to-date documentation of learning req. Assessment processes will be consistent with contemporary methodologies in the respective fields.

4 Student Eligibility Requirements for Applying for CPEL Current enrollment (may be waived with instructor permission)Current enrollment (may be waived with instructor permission) Good academic standing (cumulative 2.0 GPA) (may be waived with instructor permission)Good academic standing (cumulative 2.0 GPA) (may be waived with instructor permission) CPEL credits apply towards a degree or certificateCPEL credits apply towards a degree or certificate

5 Process A Student considering CPEL will meet with an advisor to discuss the feasibility, all available options, and the application process.A Student considering CPEL will meet with an advisor to discuss the feasibility, all available options, and the application process. Before the student applies for any type of CPEL, he/she must first meet with the appropriate faculty member(s) or the program chair to determine the optimal approach for demonstrating knowledge, skills and abilities in the program.Before the student applies for any type of CPEL, he/she must first meet with the appropriate faculty member(s) or the program chair to determine the optimal approach for demonstrating knowledge, skills and abilities in the program.

6 CPEL Restrictions Not for prior failed or audited coursesNot for prior failed or audited courses Transfer as restricted elective credits (except C-by-E)Transfer as restricted elective credits (except C-by-E) Non-duplication of course credits earned in the U.S. or abroadNon-duplication of course credits earned in the U.S. or abroad Official documentation of learning requiredOfficial documentation of learning required Credits limited to 25% of those required for program, certificate or degreeCredits limited to 25% of those required for program, certificate or degree One-time petitionOne-time petition

7 CPEL Restrictions (cont.) No vertical credit (prerequisite or lower level course credits) for courses already takenNo vertical credit (prerequisite or lower level course credits) for courses already taken No partial creditNo partial credit Unavailability of CPEL in some coursesUnavailability of CPEL in some courses No statute of limitations but a focus on current knowledge and skillsNo statute of limitations but a focus on current knowledge and skills Credits for college-level learningCredits for college-level learning No other CPEL options available for courses with challenge examsNo other CPEL options available for courses with challenge exams

8 Oversight Division or department and faculty responsibility to set criteria (congruent with guidelines of the Washington State Community and Technical College Guidelines for Prior Learning Assessment and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities’ Policy on Credit for Prior Experiential Learning).Division or department and faculty responsibility to set criteria (congruent with guidelines of the Washington State Community and Technical College Guidelines for Prior Learning Assessment and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities’ Policy on Credit for Prior Experiential Learning).

9 Oversight cont. The VPAA’s Office, in consultation with faculty, staff, and learners, will review, monitor and re- evaluate the CPEL policy annually to ensure the quality of CPEL credits awarded to students.The VPAA’s Office, in consultation with faculty, staff, and learners, will review, monitor and re- evaluate the CPEL policy annually to ensure the quality of CPEL credits awarded to students. The College will continue to streamline the process and improve accessibility over time.The College will continue to streamline the process and improve accessibility over time. The College will monitor, review, reevaluate and revise the program, including the policy and procedures, to reflect faculty and learner needs.The College will monitor, review, reevaluate and revise the program, including the policy and procedures, to reflect faculty and learner needs.

10 Record-keeping Enrollment Services will maintain the relevant records for all applications for CPEL and for granted credits for at least a year after the last quarter the student would be attending Shoreline Community CollegeEnrollment Services will maintain the relevant records for all applications for CPEL and for granted credits for at least a year after the last quarter the student would be attending Shoreline Community College

11 Available Courses and Who May Conduct PLA CPEL petitions may only be done for preexisting courses with up-to-date MCOs and syllabiCPEL petitions may only be done for preexisting courses with up-to-date MCOs and syllabi A faculty member with expertise in a particular course and field may serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for a particular CPEL applicationA faculty member with expertise in a particular course and field may serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for a particular CPEL application The faculty must maintain a regular appointment with the college on a continuing basisThe faculty must maintain a regular appointment with the college on a continuing basis Off-campus evaluators may be brought in as requested by the faculty memberOff-campus evaluators may be brought in as requested by the faculty member All faculty assessors must be trained to evaluate portfoliosAll faculty assessors must be trained to evaluate portfolios

12 Two CPEL Methods Individual advisement: setup of assessments including possibly standardized testing, competency exams, role plays, demonstrations, product creation, interviews, or othersIndividual advisement: setup of assessments including possibly standardized testing, competency exams, role plays, demonstrations, product creation, interviews, or others Portfolio development: summary letter, comprehensive resume, list of official courses taken, verification of learning and skills, job descriptions, personal essays, official documentation of competenciesPortfolio development: summary letter, comprehensive resume, list of official courses taken, verification of learning and skills, job descriptions, personal essays, official documentation of competencies

13 CPEL Costs Processing feeProcessing fee Faculty evaluation feeFaculty evaluation fee Portfolio course tuition, textbooks, and related costsPortfolio course tuition, textbooks, and related costs Formalized testing fees and proctoring costsFormalized testing fees and proctoring costs

14 Scheduling and Cancellations Required submittal of portfolio or performance thru individual assessment process must be complete by 7 th week of the quarterRequired submittal of portfolio or performance thru individual assessment process must be complete by 7 th week of the quarter Decision by the end of the quarter, or with a possible one-quarter extension based on faculty need to verify portfolio contents, attain translation services, request an addendum, or other reasons. Students granted an extension must submit materials by the 7 th week of the following quarter.Decision by the end of the quarter, or with a possible one-quarter extension based on faculty need to verify portfolio contents, attain translation services, request an addendum, or other reasons. Students granted an extension must submit materials by the 7 th week of the following quarter. No-shows must reapply. Advance notification of cancellations requiredNo-shows must reapply. Advance notification of cancellations required

15 Academic Dishonesty Disqualification based on fraud: Any dishonesty will disqualify a portfolio or examination from consideration and result in transcription of the failure to attain credit through CPEL.Disqualification based on fraud: Any dishonesty will disqualify a portfolio or examination from consideration and result in transcription of the failure to attain credit through CPEL. Retraction of CPEL credits: Credits found to have been gained fraudulently may be retracted by the College at any time.Retraction of CPEL credits: Credits found to have been gained fraudulently may be retracted by the College at any time.

16 Grading Pass (performance level of at least 2.0 in the course)Pass (performance level of at least 2.0 in the course) No credit (performance level below a 2.0 in the course)No credit (performance level below a 2.0 in the course) Numeric grades will be given for credit through examinations as recommended for transfer courses (except when P/NC grades are allowed)Numeric grades will be given for credit through examinations as recommended for transfer courses (except when P/NC grades are allowed)

17 What May be Appealed? Students may appeal grade given.Students may appeal grade given. Students may appeal amount of credit given.Students may appeal amount of credit given.

18 CPEL Awarded Credit Decision and/or Grade Appeals Process 1.Student and faculty member meet. 2.The division dean strives to work out a mutually satisfactory resolution of the issue. The applicant must write out the grievance for this step. 3.Within 10 days of end of discussion, a meeting is held with a rep of the student body association and the student and faculty member (who may bring a member of the bargaining unit). 4.A committee of 1-2 faculty members from the course-relevant division will evaluate the portfolio blind for a final judgment…OR the CRAG Option (Committee for Resolution of Academic Grievances) per Policy 5035 will be activated.

19 College Credit Transcription and Transferability Unique transcription as demonstrated competency credit or vertical credit (albeit not for courses for which higher level courses have been taken) or course petition creditsUnique transcription as demonstrated competency credit or vertical credit (albeit not for courses for which higher level courses have been taken) or course petition credits Transferability limitations made known through clear advising, publicity and articulation workTransferability limitations made known through clear advising, publicity and articulation work

20 Remuneration for Faculty In accordance with the negotiated Faculty Agreement, assessors will be paid a fee for assessing and evaluating the petitioner’s portfolio, presentation, examination or any other process for demonstrating knowledge, skills and abilities in a program or discipline. The rate of pay for this work will be determined by the Joint Union Management Committee.In accordance with the negotiated Faculty Agreement, assessors will be paid a fee for assessing and evaluating the petitioner’s portfolio, presentation, examination or any other process for demonstrating knowledge, skills and abilities in a program or discipline. The rate of pay for this work will be determined by the Joint Union Management Committee.

21 Roles and Responsibilities Instructor of the portfolio courseInstructor of the portfolio course CPEL Advisor—Faculty, Counselor, or LibrarianCPEL Advisor—Faculty, Counselor, or Librarian CPEL AdministratorCPEL Administrator CPEL Assessor/Subject Matter Expert (SMEs) faculty membersCPEL Assessor/Subject Matter Expert (SMEs) faculty members

22 Where is the Process Now? Trial Run in Fall 2004: Professor Betty Peace- Gladstone worked with several students who took the portfolio course created by Professor Bonnie Frunz (with consultation and advisement from CAEL)Trial Run in Fall 2004: Professor Betty Peace- Gladstone worked with several students who took the portfolio course created by Professor Bonnie Frunz (with consultation and advisement from CAEL) Support Materials: Creation of draft materials and formsSupport Materials: Creation of draft materials and forms Draft Policy: Honing of the proposed draft CPEL policyDraft Policy: Honing of the proposed draft CPEL policy Publicity: Publicizing policy to campus (since 2003)Publicity: Publicizing policy to campus (since 2003) Faculty Handbook: Developing a Faculty Handbook for CPEL with Professor Janet Colvin (CAEL consult.)Faculty Handbook: Developing a Faculty Handbook for CPEL with Professor Janet Colvin (CAEL consult.)

23 CPEL Committee Members Chair: Andrea Rye Members: Clarita Bhat, Becky Collord, Bonnie Frunz, Shalin Hai-Jew, Mark Hankins, Susan Kolwitz, Berta Lloyd, Stephen Mihalick, Marty Olsen, Tim Payne, Betty Peace-Gladstone, Cindi Price, Donald Schultz, Cecily Sherritt, Susan Sparks, and Alicia Zweifach

24 Conclusion What questions do you have about this proposal?What questions do you have about this proposal?


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