The term ‘prior learning’ refers to learning that takes place outside of the academy. Assessments of prior learning must be undertaken by academic staff qualified in the appropriate discipline and/or in Indigenous knowledge. Final decisions regarding the equivalency of prior learning for the purpose of granting course credit rest with these individuals. Such assessments should be respectful of the preparedness and goals of prospective students while cognizant also of the rights and responsibilities of post-secondary institutions and academic staff regarding who is admitted to their programs and what will be expected and demanded of them once applicants are accepted.
Approved by the CAUT Council, November 2015.