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Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning

Consistent with the recommendations of the Ministry of University Affairs concerning Transfer Credit and the Recognition of Prior Learning (2002) and the stipulations of the 1999 Education Reform Act, the following policy guidelines will be used in the assessment process for determining transfer credits.

Prior Learning and Advanced Standing

In the assessment of prior learning Asia-Pacific International University will:

1. Offer as much advanced standing as possible on the basis of a studentís prior learning from both formal (credentialled programs) and non-formal/continuing education (non-credentialled) experiences subject to the following limits:

  • Advanced standing shall not exceed more than 75% of the total requirement for the degree.
  • Credits granted for advanced standing toward a degree which are derived from the recognition of non-formal (noncredentialled) learning experiences shall not exceed 30% of the total credits granted for advanced standing.

2. Grant Credits for prior learning and direct tranfer generally only for required courses that are part of APIUís approved curriculums as recognised by the Minstry of University Affairs. Up to 6 units of transfer credit may be granted for free elective courses not currently offered by the University that otherwise satisfy the Universityís transfer credit policy criteria.

†3. Offer credit for courses considered for direct transfer which equate to not less than 75% of the content covered in similar courses offered by Asia-Pacific International University. Transfer credits.

4. Offer credit for general education studies (including religion courses) required by Asia-Pacific International University if the general education courses (including religion courses) have been completed at another Adventist college. Credit for religion classes may also be granted for courses completed through Adventist continuing education programs.

5. Require that documentary evidence be provided to ensure that the content and standard of the prior learning being assessed is broadly similar to the content of the courses offered by APIU.

Assessment Procedures

1. When considering requests to grant university credit for work experience or training courses, the evaluation will be made of the knowledge acquired during the educational experience, not simply the experience itself. Applications must specify the particular courses for which credit is being requested. When credits are thus granted the following recording system shall be used:
CS: Credits granted on the basis of documentation presented for standardised tests.
CE: Credits granted on the basis of a challenge examination or non-standardised test under the terms of the Collegeís policy on challenge examinations.
CT: Credits granted on the basis of study or training by an institution or organisation that is not a higher education institution
CP: Credits granted on the basis of the submisson of a portfolio documenting non-formal learning.

2. Evaluation of the documentation submitted for the recognition of prior learning shall be assigned to the lecturer or Chair of Department responsible for the delivery of the specified course. Recommendations concerning the granting of credit shall be approved by the Dean of the relevant faculty and recorded by Academic Board.

3. Applications for the recognition of prior learning based on the submission of a portfolio must comply with the requirements for portfolio submission set out in the APIU Student Manual on portfolio preparation.

4. The fee for evaluation of prior learning documentation shall be 33% of the applicable tuition rate for the course being sought for credit.

5. Once an application has been made and the material lodged with the assigned faculty member, a response will be given within an eight-week timeframe. A grade of either pass or fail shall be given.

6. Appeals against the decision of the Academic Board must be made within 14 calendar days of the result being given. Appeals shall follow the process outlined in the College Bulletin.

7. Procedures and criteria for the implementation of the policy on Recognition of Prior Learning shall be reviewed on an annual basis by the Academic Board.

Portfolio Assessment

The Asia-Pacific International University policy on portfolio assessment is as follows:

1. Students must have been accepted into a Mission College degree program before an application for credit by portfolio will be accepted.

2. Students must be considered active by registering for and successfully undertaking at least 12 credit points of study at Asia-Pacific International University before transfer credit will be recorded.

3. Students must complete the portfolio and submit it for assessment prior to the end of their second last (pen-ultimate) semester of enrolment at Asia-Pacific International University before graduation.

4. Credit through the portfolio process will be accepted only for courses that appear in the Asia-Pacific International University Bulletin.

5. The Dean of the appropriate faculty or Chair of Department will work with the Vice-President for Academic Administration in appointing a faculty member with expertise in the course to evaluate the portfolio.

6. Academic departments will detail in their Syllabi or Course Outlines, the competencies in which proficiency must be demonstrated for the courses in that department. They will also determine the standards for an acceptable portfolio.

7. Assessors of portfolios may require an interview with the applicant to verify the knowledge acquired.

8. Students may earn up to 15 credit points toward a baccalaureate degree through portfolio assessment. (Up to 9 credits toward an associate degree.)

9. Portfolio assessments will be graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. To earn a grade of satisfactory, the portfolio must be the equivalent of a C or better.