Prior Learning Assessment Policy

Responsible Executive

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Review Cycle

May 2025; 3 Years


SUNY Resolution 2023-8; Memorandum to Presidents Vol. 24, No. 1 – Policy and Guidance: Award of Academic Credit by Evaluation;

Purpose and Scope

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) awards college credit for verifiable learning experiences obtained by students attending Tompkins Cortland Community College consistent with SUNY Policy.


The College will evaluate and assess prior learning so that it may provide students with significant cost savings, advanced standing towards educational goals, and higher degree completion rates. The award of credit through Prior Learning Assessment is at the discretion of the Provost’s Office, after consultation with appropriate faculty and staff.




Curriculum Committee 2/12/24; Faculty 3/21/24; College Senate 3/22/24

Policy Reference Code

May 2025; then every 3 Years thereafter