PLA from a Non-Regionally Accredited College or University

Process for assessing non-regionally accredited
PLA applications

Step 1

The student services staff member working with the student should verify that the studentís application and transcript qualifies for every roman numeral section below.

  1. The accreditation of the source institution - do any of the following apply?
    1. The source institution is authorized by the THECB to
      offer an AAS
      .
    2. The source institution is from outside Texas but is approved to operate in Texas.
    3. The source institution is outside Texas but is nationally accredited by one of the agencies that the THECB recognizes. These are listed below and need to be verified be searching the institutional accreditation system.
      • Association of Theological Schools
      • Association of Biblical Higher Education
      • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools
      • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology
      • Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools
      • Council on Occupational Education
      • Distance Education and Training Council
      • American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE)
      • National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST)
    4. The source institution is a bible college, seminary, or other special purpose institution offering degrees with majors in religion or theology authorized to operate in Texas. Most are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, one of the other regional accreditors, the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), or the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Many are accredited by both the Southern Association and either AABC or ATS.

    If any of the above applies, proceed to the next section. If none of the options in this section applies, then the student is not eligible for this type of PLA.

  2. The degree Ė Students must have been pursuing an AAS or AAA award at the source institution. Using the official transcript (do not submit any unofficial transcripts), does one of the following apply?
    1. For those authorized in IA above, the degree noted on the official transcript is listed on the website given in IA.
    2. For those authorized in IB above, the degree noted on the official transcript is listed on the website given in IB.
    3. For those authorized in IC or ID above, the degree is noted on the studentís transcript.

    If any of the above applies, proceed to the next section. If the studentís degree is not noted on the official transcript, he/she must get a letter from the unaccredited college or university stating this information. Students who were certificate majors do not qualify to apply for this credit. If none of the options in this section applies, then the student is not eligible for this PLA.

  3. Student Eligibility
    1. Student has completed 6 credits or will complete 6 credits of non-developmental coursework within the Lone Star College System within one year of PLA application date.
    2. The student must complete the new PLA form for Articulated Credit from a Non-Regionally Accredited Texas college or university. A copy of the transcript and a course syllabus must be attached to the PLA form. An official copy of the transcript should be on file at the college the student is attending within the Lone Star College System.
    3. The student must pay a $25 fee for each transcript submitted for evaluation of this PLA option.

    Note: If a student is not eligible due to any of the reasons listed in I through III, then the student should not be asked to pay for the eligibility assessment. Enter the reason for the denied PLA into PERC in Colleague so that future college staff will know the history of this studentís PLA inquiry.

Step 2

Once the above have been verified by the student services staff member working with the student, PLA application with transcript, course syllabus/syllabi, and business office receipt should be submitted to the Lone Star College System Transcript Evaluation Office

Step 3

The Lone Star College System Transcript Evaluation Office will review the transcript and course syllabus/syllabi for course equivalency and rigor. In addition to course equivalency and rigor, general guidelines on course acceptance are:

  • Courses in the core curriculum will not be accepted in transfer for credit.
  • Student earned a grade of C or above.
  • Student meets SSI requirements for the articulated course(s) and all admissions requirements.
  • The articulating college course is part of the student's degree plan (may be an elective).
  • All prerequisites for college course(s) have been met.
  • Quarter hour courses will be converted to semester hour credit and if the course is equivalent it will not be denied if the credit hours are close. The student will still be expected to meet the total required credit hours for graduation.
Quarter Hours Credit Hours
1 0.67
2 1.34
3 2.01
4 2.68
5 3.35
6 4.02
7 4.69
8 5.36

Step 4

Decisions will be entered into myLonestar and added to articulated course list.

Decisions will be posted in the myLoneStar Student Portal if approved.

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