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Teaching Essentials

RPL Standards and Reporting

Policy

RRC Polytech’s Recognition of Prior Learning policy outlines academic and administrative standards for RPL and identifies where responsibilities reside. At Red River College Polytechnic, RPL includes transfer of credit from recognized post secondary institutions.

The policy describes the assessment of:

  • Formal learning – which may be external transfer credit for courses completed at other recognized post secondary institutions or internal transfer credit for courses completed in another RRC Polytech program.
  • Informal learning – acquired from work and life experiences.
  • Non formal learning – acquired from courses offered externally through business, industry and other non post secondary institutions.

Coordination

The College’s RPL services and system are coordinated and provided by the:

  • Manager of Academic Quality and RPL 
  • RPL Advisor(s)
  • Director Enrolment Services and Registrar 
  • International Credential and Transfer Credit Officer
  • RPL assessors 
  • RPL Committee of cross-college representatives and designates from academic and support departments and administration.

Strategic Plan

The RRC Polytech RPL Strategic and Operational Plan is currently being reviewed. Three stakeholder engagement sessions have taken place and RRC Polytech’s Institutional Research Manager is guiding the next steps in the review and redevelopment process. An updated RRC Polytech RPL Strategic Plan will be introduced once the process is complete. 

Vision

RPL is an integral part of RRC Polytech services and programs for students, College faculty and staff and the external community. The College is recognized in Manitoba and beyond as a leader in quality and excellence in RPL practice.

Goals

Communication: The College will clearly and consistently communicate about RPL to ensure access to RPL practices, policies and processes for all stakeholders.

Quality in RPL: The College will ensure that programs include RPL as an integral part of curriculum development, assessment and delivery and apply best practice guidelines to ensure quality RPL standards, processes and practices.

Staff Development: The College will ensure that staff will be knowledgeable and skilled in RPL standards, processes and practices through access to training and resources to ensure quality practice. 

Systems Coordination: The College will ensure system coordination for RPL standards, processes and practices across programs and services using the College information systems to record, track, access and disseminate internal and external RPL information and transactions.

Resources and Cost to Access RPL: The College will dedicate resources to ensure RPL is an integral part of the way we “do business” for the benefit of all stakeholders, in order to implement RPL standards, processes and practices that are cost effective and efficient.

Partnerships: The College will conduct research, pursue partnerships and collaborate with regulatory and accrediting bodies, other educational institutions, business, industries and RPL organizations at the local, provincial, national and international level to advance quality RPL practice. The College will advance its leadership role in RPL practice.

Annual Reports and Fact Sheets

RPL reports are compiled annually to document the assessment and recognition of formal, informal and non-formal learning applicable to College courses and programs. Updates on RPL Advising, RPL resource development and RPL training are also included. RPL Facts provides highlights of RPL activities and statistics for the academic year.