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What is Credit for Prior Learning (CFPL)

Gateway recognizes that students come to us with knowledge and skills gained through a variety of previous educational, life and work experiences. Credit for Prior Learning provides students an avenue to receive credit for these past experiences and accelerate the completion of educational goals.

Credit for Prior Learning may be obtained through the following methods:

Transfer Credits from another Institution within the U.S.

You must file an application for admission and be accepted to a program prior to having transfer credits evaluated. You should also request an official transcript from your former institution for evaluation of credits.

  • To be eligible to transfer credits, a student must be accepted into an associate’s degree or technical diploma program at Gateway before transfer credits will be evaluated.

  • Students must have an official transcript from your former institution on file.

  • Transfer credits may be awarded for coursework from regionally accredited institutions recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Use this link to see the CHEA: Directory of Regional Accrediting Organizations - http://www.chea.org/Directories/regional.asp​.

  • A minimum grade of C is required for courses to be accepted in transfer.

  • Often, a syllabus of the transfer course a student completed is necessary to review the course for transfer-ability.

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Transfer Database

  • Students who have earned college-level coursework from either a University of Wisconsin System (UWS) institution or Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) institution is invited to use the Transfer Information System (TIS) to see how courses transfer to Gateway. (http://tis.uwsa.edu/)

  • Students who have earned college-level coursework from non UWS or WTCS institutions are invited to use our Gateway Transfer Database (GTD).

The sole purpose of the Gateway Transfer Database (GTD) is to share how Gateway Technical College awards credit for transferable college-level courses. The transfer equivalencies may fulfill different program requirements depending upon a student’s program of study. Additionally, course revisions or changes may cause equivalencies to change. It is the responsibility of the student to review GTD for periodic updates and retain printed copies of dated GTD. Printed copies of GTD reports will guarantee transferability for the term and year printed in addition to the upcoming term. This database is not intended to communicate how institutions accept Gateway Technical College credits.

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Understanding your Transfer Evaluation

Within 7-10 business days of your acceptance in an associate’s degree or technical diploma program your transfer credits will be evaluated. Upon completion, students will receive an email alert to their Gateway email address, inviting them to view their unofficial transcript transfer credits on WebAdvisor. Transfer courses are denoted with a “TR”.

At Gateway Technical College we award three (3) types of transfer credit:

  1. Direct Equivalencies: If the course the student completed at their sending institution has a high percentage of matching content, the course will transfer as a direct equivalency to the equivalent Gateway course.

    Example:

    Transfer Course GTC Course
    Speech 101 801-196
    Psychology 101 809-198
  2. General Studies Elective: Gateway Technical College offers General Studies courses in the following disciplines; Communication (801), Mathematics (804), Natural Science (806) and Social Science (809). If the course the student completed at their sending institution has a high percentage of Gateway general education competencies we award Gateway general studies elective.

    Example:

    Transfer Course GTC Course
    Media & Society 801-991
    Trigonometry 804-991
    Humans & the Environment 806-991
    United States Reconstruction to Recent Times 809-991
  3. College Level Elective:This course is not a direct equivalency to a Gateway course and does not have a high percentage of general education competencies. The course is however, relevant to a subject matter offered at Gateway and the student is awarded a college level elective (900-100).

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Transfer Credits from another Institution outside the U.S.

Students with international postsecondary coursework must have their transcripts evaluated by an educational credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES®) or the Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICES®). These associations specialize in comparing international academic credentials to U.S. educational equivalents.

​International coursework will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Departments may require certified, translated syllabus for a detailed course content and learning outcome assessment.

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College Level Examination

College-level proficiency credit may be granted for a specific course or courses to students receiving a minimally acceptable score and are accepted into an associate’s degree  or technical diploma program at Gateway. National exams accepted by Gateway Technical College include the Advanced Placement Program (AP), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DSST (Dantes Subject Standardized Test) and International Baccalaureate. Students must meet minimum score requirements to be awarded credit.

AP

  1. To receive proficiency college credit, a student must be accepted into an associates degree or technical diploma program at Gateway.
  2. To receive proficiency college credit, students must submit an official (unopened) AP test score directly from College Board to Gateway Technical College.
  3. To receive proficiency college credit (PR), a minimum score of 3 is required for accepted AP exams.

Click here for the list of AP exams Gateway accepts for proficiency (PR) credit.

CLEP for Gateway Technical College Students

Eligibility:

  1. To receive proficiency college credit, a student must be accepted into an associates degree or technical diploma program at Gateway.
  2. To receive proficiency college credit, students must submit an official (unopened) CLEP test score directly from College Board to Gateway Technical College.
  3. To receive proficiency college credit, a minimum score of 50 is required for accepted CLEP exams.Click here for the list of CLEP examinations Gateway accepts for proficiency (PR) credit.

When:
Testing is done on the third Friday of the month at 1:00 p.m.

Where:
Gateway Technical College – Kenosha Campus
Center for Bioscience and Information Technology (northeast corner)
3520-30th Avenue Room 117
Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144
262-564-2566

Fees:
Gateway Technical College students will pay TWO (2) fees:

  1. The nonrefundable testing center charge is $24.00 per test and MUST be PREPAID to ensure that a testing station will be reserved for you on the day of your CLEP examination.  Fee must be paid no later than 24 hours in advance of the testing date as you will not be confirmed as an examinee for that date UNTIL this fee is prepaid.
  2. The CLEP testing fee is $80.00 per test whether you pass or fail. This fee will be paid at the time of your online CLEP registration. 

Registration:

Option #1 - in person: Visit Student Services at either one of our Elkhorn, Kenosha or Racine campuses. Please bring a photo id at the time of registration.

Option #2 - online: (2 parts)

Part I: - To Register

  1. Visit the CLEP website @ http://clep.collegeboard.org/
  2. Select CLEP for Test Takers
  3. Select “Sign In” at the top right corner.
  4. Select Sign Up
  5. Complete the Sign Up process.
  6. Be sure to write down and save your CLEP Sign In User ID # and Password in a safe place.
  7. Once your account is created, return to the home page and select “Get Started with CLEP”.
  8. Follow the on screen CLEP instructions.
  9. Print your exam voucher to bring with you on date of testing.

Part II: - To Pay Exam Fees

  1. Go to WebAdvisor.
  2. Select “Student” at top right corner.
  3. Select “Log In” and log in to your student account.
  4. Select “Schedule/Reschedule/Search Test” under “Academic Profile”.
  5. Select Test – drop down menu – Select “CLEP”.
  6. Select Locations  – drop down menu – Select “All Campus”
  7. All Future Test Dates and Times will be displayed. Select a date & time and click “Submit”.

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CLEP for a non-Gateway Technical College Student

Gateway Technical College is a CLEP testing site for the southeast region of Wisconsin. Non-Gateway students may register for CLEP by selecting one of the options below:

Part I: - Create a Gateway User Name & Password:

  1. Go to WebAdvisor.
  2. Select WebAdvisor located at top right corner.
  3. Select Prospective Students at top right corner.
  4. Select “I am New to Gateway”.
  5. Follow the on-screen steps to create a Gateway account.
  6. Be sure to write down and save your Gateway User ID # and Password in a safe place.

Part II: - Register for CLEP

  1. Visit the CLEP website @ http://clep.collegeboard.org/
  2. Select CLEP for Test Takers
  3. Select “Sign In” at the top right corner.
  4. Select Sign Up
  5. Complete the Sign Up process.
  6. Be sure to write down and save your CLEP Sign In User ID # and Password in a safe place.
  7. Once your account is created, return to the home page and select “Get Started with CLEP”.
  8. Follow the on screen CLEP instructions.
  9. Print your exam voucher to bring with you on date of testing.

Part III: - To Pay Exam Fees

  1. Go to WebAdvisor.
  2. Select “Student” at top right corner.
  3. Select “Log In” and log in to your student account.
  4. Select “Schedule/Reschedule/Search Test” under “Academic Profile”.
  5. Select Test – drop down menu – Select “CLEP”.
  6. Select Locations  – drop down menu – Select “All Campus”
  7. All Future Test Dates and Times will be displayed. Select a date & time and click “Submit”.

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DSST - Dantes Subject Standardized Test

  1. To receive proficiency college credit, a student must be accepted into an associates degree or technical diploma program at Gateway.
  2. To receive proficiency college credit, students must submit an official (unopened) DSST test score directly from Prometric Official Score Report.
  3. To receive proficiency college credit (PR), a minimum score is required. Minimum scores vary per test. Please see the list of accepted DSST test below.

Click here for the list of DSST test Gateway accepts for proficiency (PR) credit.

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Military Evaluation

Credit may be granted upon review of an official military transcript. A student must be accepted into an associate’s degree or technical diploma program Transcripts should be submitted to the Office of Admissions for Transfer Credit and Registration. Guidelines established by the American Council on Education (ACE) are considered. The Assistant Registrar for Transfer Credit and Registration will evaluate the transcripts working in collaboration with the academic departments as necessary to determine course transfer credit.

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Articulation for High School Students

Through an agreement with area high schools, Gateway awards credits for certain approved courses taken at the high school level. Students must enroll in Gateway within 27 months of high school graduation and have earned a B or better in the high school course. It is also possible for qualified high school students to enroll in a higher level Gateway course with the consent of the academic advisor. High school students should speak with their high school guidance counselors regarding these opportunities.

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Prior Learning Assessment (formerly Advanced Standing)

Prior Learning Assessment recognizes prior learning through the awarding of academic proficiency credit (PR). A student must be accepted to an associate’s degree or technical diploma program at Gateway to be eligible to apply for Prior Learning Assessment. Credit or its equivalent is awarded for learning, with consideration given for work experience. Students with prior learning experience may be able to pass Prior Learning Assessment tests and earn credits toward their diploma or degree from Gateway. Prior Learning Assessment fees are charged and are not covered by Financial Aid. No student is allowed to apply Prior Learning Assessment for a course which they are failing or for which they have received a letter grade on their official transcript including A through F grades, Incomplete or Withdrawal grades.

PLA at Gateway Technical College is offered in three different delivery methods:

  • Credit by Examination- A Gateway Technical College faculty developed examination.
  • Portfolio Submission- Gateway Technical College students preparing a portfolio containing evidence that course competencies have been met.
  • Demonstrative- Performance of skill set, demonstrating mastery of skills or competencies.

Eligibility: To be eligible for PLA opportunities the following criteria must be met:

  1. A student must be accepted an associate’s degree or technical diploma program at Gateway
  2. If a student received a letter grade in the course (this includes W, WP, WF, AU and Incomplete grades) from Gateway or any other regionally accredited post-secondary educational institution, the student is not eligible for PLA.
  3. A student must pay the appropriate fees (examination and/or evaluation).

Fees:

Written/computer generated examinations  - $15.00

Skills Performance Test - $27.00/hour

Portfolio Review - $38.00

Evaluation of documents - $20.00

In addition to the appropriate fee, once a student has successfully demonstrated a mastery of skills or competencies, their student account will be billed 25% of the current tuition. All fees should be paid within 30 days and are non-refundable. Per Gateway Technical College’s Board policy, you will not be able to register for classes, receive grades or transcripts until all fees are paid in full.

Click here for a list of current Prior Learning Assessment Opportunities.

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Additional Information:

  1. If you are currently enrolled in the course in which you seek PLA credit, you have 30 calendar days from the start of the course to complete CFPL for a 100% refund of your course tuition MINUS 25% for the PLA fee.
  2. Credits awarded through PLA process become a part of your permanent academic record. Once credits are awarded they may not be removed from your academic record for any reason.
  3. Your grade for the successful completion of CFPL will be a “PR” for proficiency. The credits will be counted in the total needed for graduation but the grade of “PR” will not affect your grade point average.
  4. You need to complete 25% of your coursework at Gateway Technical College in order to graduate.

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