Whereas, The most recent amendment to California Code of Regulations Title 5 §55050  Credit for Prior Learning became effective on March 21, 2020 and includes allowances for multiple methods of awarding credit for prior learning, including “credit by examination, evaluation of Joint Services Transcripts, evaluation of student-created portfolios, evaluation of industry-recognized credential documentation, and standardized exams” and further required that each district certify to the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office by December 31, 2020 that the policies required pursuant to Title 5 §55050 were adopted and implemented;
Whereas, Subsequent to the amendment to Title 5 §55050 taking effect on March 21, 2020, the California State University Chancellor’s Office has twice revised its Executive Order 1036 Credit for Prior Learning Policy (October 7, 2021 and March 4, 2023) ;
Whereas, While considerable overlap exists in the requirements for granting college credit using credit for prior learning (CPL) between what the California State University allows in Executive Order 1036 and what the California Community Colleges allow in Title 5 §55050, any differences between the two segments on how college credit is granted for CPL could cause unintended consequences for students; and
Whereas, Consistency of credit for prior learning (CPL) requirements between the California State University and the California Community Colleges will be of benefit to students who seek to both earn community college credit through CPL and transfer to the California State University, and discerning the differences between the CPL requirements of the two segments requires careful review;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the California Community College Chancellor’s Office and appropriate system partners to review Title 5 §55050 Credit for Prior Learning in comparison with California State University Chancellor’s Office Executive Order 1036 Credit for Prior Learning Policies to identify any differences between the credit for prior learning requirements of the two segments and, if necessary, propose amendments to Title 5 §55050, and present its findings by the 2024 Spring Plenary Session.
1. Title 5 section §55050 is found at https://govt.westlaw.com/calregs/Document/I629435824C6911EC93A8000D3A7C4BC3?viewType=FullText&originationContext=documenttoc&transitionType=CategoryPageItem&contextData=(sc.Default).
2. CSUCO EO 1036 is found at https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/13085511/latest/