Translating Experiential Learning into College Credit with Prior Learning Assessment

Translating Experiential Learning into College Credit with Prior Learning Assessment

November 7, 2018 | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST


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Learn how to ensure quality standards in your learning assessment to mitigate attrition and achievement gaps.

CBE programs are becoming more ubiquitous in higher ed, but there is still a lot of gray area around ensuring accountability that experiential knowledge is commensurate with college-level learning. Many are still trying to answer questions like: what’s the best way to award and represent this learning and knowledge? How can we ensure an equitable experience for all students?

Join us to gain a deeper understanding of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) and how to implement it at your institution. Assessment evens the playing field but must meet quality standards. During this webcast, our expert, Donna Younger, will demonstrate how PLA can address high attrition rates and achievement gaps as well as encourage students to kickstart their success outside the classroom.


Recommended Reading

Those who register will receive an excerpt from your instructor’s book on Assessing Learning: Quality Standards and Institutional Commitment, 3rd edition. In this book, Donna Younger and Catherine Marienau provide an updated set of standards for the assessment of learning and the award of credit for learning gained from experience.


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 also a great opportunity for you to gather administrators across departments who are working towards institutional goals of retention and completion.



  • A sound introduction to PLA and how it contributes to student success
  • How to ensure that your assessment meets quality standards
  • How to develop a PLA program that is appropriate to an institution’s size and context
  • How PLA can be designed to translate experiential learning into college credit


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Donna Younger
Senior Consultant, CAEL

Donna has served as an adult learning facilitator in a wide variety of roles and settings for more than thirty years, including Associate Vice-President for Higher Education at CAEL (Council for Adult and Experiential Learning) from 2014-2016 and continues to serve as a consultant for CAEL, working with academic institutions across sectors as well as with business and not-for-profit organizations.

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Ashley Brand
Program Manager, Academic Impressions

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