Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) Standards

The HECC directed Oregon postsecondary institutions to adopt a set of Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) standards and to use these standards to implement assessment processes for awarding CPL. These standards were developed to recognize and acknowledge that credit awarded for prior learning is granted only for evidence of learning and not solely on the basis of experience. Foundational to these standards is faculty involvement and use of their expertise to assess credit awarded to students.

The decision to offer or not to offer CPL to students is solely determined by the institution. If the institution decides to award CPL, one or more types of CPL may be offered as identified in Standard 1. The decision to offer CPL must be communicated to students, faculty and staff through the printed college catalog, the institution’s electronic publications and website. The institution must formally adopt and use the standards to award CPL if the institution decides to offer one or more types of CPL.

During the fall of 2013, the standards were reviewed by Oregon’s postsecondary institutions. Feedback was reviewed by the Advisory Committee and the full HECC during the winter of 2013-14. Adoption of the final Standards occurred during the spring of 2014 (May 8, 201​4).  Institutions will have a full academic year in 2014-2015 to develop processes and procedures for fully implementing the standards at the beginning of the 2015-2016 academic year. See Appendix I - Oregon Credit for Prior Learning Standards in this Handbook for the Standards and related resources.