SA-90 Prior Learning Assessment

Provide information and procedures to request prior learning assessment.

All students, staff, faculty and administrators of Green River College.

Prior Learning Assessment: Students will be assessed through the course challenge process that will determine the courses to which the students have met the learning outcomes. These courses must be current and correspond to the course(s) taught at Green River.

Green River College offers students the opportunity to earn credit for prior non-traditional education and/or work experience. Students who wish to receive credit(s) for prior learning must complete the Prior Learning Assessment Request form in coordination with an assigned faculty member. Regular tuition rates are charged based on the number of credits awarded by the faculty member for assessment. Prior Learning assessment credits are assigned for 1 to 2 credits per quarter.

Students will work with an assigned faculty member to evaluate the prior learning of a student in relation to the competencies of the program and will award credit for demonstrated learning outcomes that are appropriate to the course. This could be a test, demonstration, written documentation, oral interview, or other appropriate method by which the faculty member determines the students’ understanding of the subject matter.

Only 25% of a degree requirement can be satisfied through prior learning credits. Students are also informed that transferability of prior learning credits is ultimately determined by the transferring institution. Any credits earned through PLA at any Washington Community and Technical College are accepted by Green River College. Once the work has been completed by the student, the qualified teaching faculty assigns a grade and submits it through the Prior Learning Assessment Request procedure for processing. Credits earned through prior learning assessment are indicated as such on the college transcript with the approved course(s) added to the student transcript the quarter the PLA was processed. Credits evaluated as acceptable may be applied toward a specified degree or certificate.


  1. Student meets initially with faculty for assessment of request.
  2. Faculty submits completed form to division chair and dean’s office for signature.
  3. Approved form is sent to the staff member in Education Support Services coordinating the PLA process.
  4. Education Support Services creates item number for each PLA assessment course (PLA 099) and forwards the paperwork to Enrollment Services.
  5. A Credentials Evaluator in ES contacts the student to explain the impacts that PLA will have on grading/transfer and graduation requirements. The Credentials Evaluator also enrolls the student in the assessment course and notifies the student of the tuition due.
  6. Student pays the course tuition and coop fees.
  7. Once student payment is recorded, a PAF will be generated for faculty payment.
  8. Once the work has been evaluated, the faculty assigns a grade for the assessment course. The Credentials Evaluator then posts the assigned course(s) on the PLA form onto the student transcript during the quarterly grading process. The PLA form will remain in Enrollment Services for records retention

Specific Authority

American Council on Education (ACE)
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
Green River College Registrar
Green River College President’s Staff
Green River College Board of Trustees

Law Implemented

History of Policy or Procedure
Draft: August 8, 2012
Reviewed by:
Contact: Denise Bennatts, Director of Enrollment Services/Registrar, ext. 2510
President’s Staff Sponsor: Dr. Deborah Casey, Vice President of Student Affairs, ext. 3328