Offering Credit for Prior Learning Assessment

Last updated May 18, 2015

Offering Credit for Prior Learning Assessment

Last updated May 18, 2015

Overview

Many institutions have adopted prior learning assessment (PLA) as a way to retain and graduate more students. Through PLA, students gain college-level credit for knowledge and skills learned from nontraditional sources such as work and life experiences. The challenge for institutions is assessing students’ mastery of a subject and determining how to award credit on a consistent basis.

Join us to learn how your institutions can offer credit for prior learning assessment. During this online training we’ll address the following:

  • Sources of prior learning assessment
  • Faculty perception, awareness, and resistance
  • PLA credit review and approval process
  • Balancing PLA credit toward elective vs. major requirements

Who should attend?

This webcast will appeal particularly to administrators and faculty responsible for developing or overseeing a PLA program, as well as academic advisors or program leaders who work directly with students. This is a great opportunity for you to gather administrators from many academic programs across departments to gain a shared understanding of awarding credits for PLA.

Agenda

  • Defining PLA
  • Sources of PLA
    • Standardized testing
    • Open educational resources (OER)
    • Work-related experiences/training
    • Life experiences
  • Appropriate credit award based on institutional context
  • Credit awarded for learning from experience
    • Waive course prerequisites
    • Meet general education requirements
    • Used to meet program/major requirements
    • Used to fulfill elective requirements
  • Ensuring PLA credit integrity and originality
  • How to assess and make credit recommendations
  • Monitoring and evaluating PLA programs
  • How PLA credit can be used to obtain advanced standing at the institution