Credit for Prior Learning

Alternative Credit Program™

If you have stopped out of college, the Alternative Credit Program™ (ACP) provides a pool of online courses that Stark State College will accept towards your degree (up to 40 ACP credits). A national program of the American Council of Education, supported by a generous grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the ACP is designed to help adults finish what they started – a two- or four-year degree, or a post-secondary certificate.

Even if you’re not ready to apply yet, Stark State is here to help. We have admissions counselors, financial aid advisors, and academic advisors who specialize in helping students who have started careers or families to come back to school and finish their educations.

CLEP Credit by Examinations

The College will award comparable academic credit to registered students for successful completion of the College Entrance Examination Board’s College Level Examination Program (CLEP) general and subject-area examinations. Contact the Office of Admissions/Student Services at 330-494-6170, ext. 4228 for additional information.

If an equivalent course is not available for the CLEP exam area completed, elective or area credit will be awarded in the appropriate academic discipline and will be applied towards graduation where such elective credit options exist within the academic major.

Credit by Examination (Proficiency Testing)

Students who can demonstrate ability and knowledge in a particular subject area may establish credit in certain courses without enrolling in them. This is done by taking a special examination or performing a special assignment, or both, through the appropriate department. An examination fee is assessed. No letter grade is given. A maximum of 12 credit hours may be taken by examination without prior approval of the Board of Trustees. Students may take the exam only once per course. Students enrolled in a course are not eligible to take a proficiency examination for the course after being enrolled for 20 calendar days or more for a regular term, and seven days or more for an eight-week term.

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit can be awarded for demonstrated college-level learning. Students applying for credit:

  1. must provide documentation to support the learning,
  2. must have documentation evaluated by the appropriate college personnel, and
  3. will have this credit recorded on the student’s transcript after the student successfully completes 12 hours at Stark State College, if credit is awarded. Successful completion is defined as a “C” or better. Students wanting more information should contact the Office of Admissions/Student Services.

Advanced Placement

The College accepts credits earned while in high school as measured by the College Entrance Examination Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) program. Students must score a three or higher on a subject-area examination. Contact the Office of Admissions/Student Services at 330-966-5450 for additional information.

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International Baccalaureate

An International Baccalaureate (IB) education is a challenging two-year curriculum primarily aimed at students aged 16 to 19. It leads to transferable credits which are widely recognized by colleges and universities.

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PLA Portfolio

Stark State College utilizes a PLA Portfolio opportunity to award prior learning credit for some classes. Please consult with the department chair for the course eligibility and the PLA Coordinator for more information.

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