King University Adopts Prior Learning Assessment

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – King University is offering college credits for prior learning, training and experience that students may have earned outside a traditional academic environment. The decision to incorporate prior learning assessment (PLA) into the university’s policy was made by faculty on July 26, 2013, and is effective immediately.

King University’s PLA policy provides a nationally recognized method of allowing college credit for learning obtained through work, seminars, training programs, military education programs and/or certification programs. This is a customized program with student assessment to be conducted by faculty evaluation and the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) to determine if a student’s previous training and experience meet the necessary benchmarks to be awarded equivalent college credit toward a degree program at King University.

“King University’s educational experience is uniquely designed to help prepare students to make meaningful and significant contributions to their communities through their vocation after they complete their degrees,” said Dr. Matt Roberts, dean of academic affairs for King University. “A student’s preparation may take the form of military training or other instructional experience received on the job. Prior learning assessment allows students to receive credit for educational training they have received outside the traditional academic courses.”

Three of King University’s satellite campuses are in the Knoxville area, and students attending classes at these instructional locations have witnessed significant growth of King University in the region as it has expanded its offerings in graduate professional studies, online program offerings and the continued addition of numerous undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The adoption of the PLA policy continues King’s evolving platform of providing educational excellence to its students.

“Our new prior learning assessment policy will have the largest impact on our adult learners,” Roberts said. “King’s Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) and Online Programs have continued expansion throughout the region, meeting adult learners where they are in an effort to make high-caliber educational learning opportunities both available and convenient. The new PLA program will serve to enhance students’ King experience.”

Today, King offers baccalaureate and master’s degree programs through the university’s GPS program at more than a dozen locations across Southwest Virginia, East Tennessee and Middle Tennessee, as well as numerous online degree options.

Click here to learn more about prior learning assessment at King University. For information on King’s Graduate and Professional Studies and Online Programs, visit or contact the Office of Admissions at 800-362-0014 or

More about King University 

King Universityis a Presbyterian, master’s-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the university offers more than 80 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity athletic teams. For more information about King University, visit King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, Va. 24641.