Attracting Adult Learners through Expanded Prior Learning Assessment Institutions know they need to offer employable degrees through alternative formats in order to address the needs of adult learners. But how can you distinguish yourself from other institutions offering similar benefits? And, how can you ensure that the students who are most likely to retain and complete will choose your campus? One proven way is by offering flexible options for accelerating degree completion; data shows that students who complete PLA credits are 2 ½ times more likely to graduate. See how CAEL’s new online PLA service, LearningCounts.org, can help you attract, retain, and graduate the best adult learners.
Recognition of prior learning (RPL), prior learning assessment (PLA), or prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR), describes a process used by colleges and universities around the world to evaluate learning acquired outside the classroom for the purpose of assigning academic credit. Common ways individuals have acquired college-level learning include: corporate or military training; work experience; civic activity; and independent study.
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OVERVIEW OF LEARNINGCOUNTS.ORG NOVEMBER 2, 2012 PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENTAN INNOVATIVE MODEL FOR AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES
Today’s Agenda• Background on CAEL• Overview of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) and research• History of LearningCounts.org• About LearningCounts.org
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning A 501(c)(3) non-profit, international organization with nearly 40 years of lifelong learning experience National leader in PLA best practices, research, and writing Dedicated to removing barriers to adult learning Recognized by regional accrediting bodiesLEARNINGCOUNTS.ORG 3
CAEL’S HISTORY AS LEADER INPRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT (PLA) For nearly 40 years, nationally recognized as the leader in the assessment of learning from life and work experience Wrote the standards and best practices followed by colleges and universities Trained hundreds of faculty and colleges in how to assess learning Recognized by regional accrediting bodies 4
What is PLA?Prior Learning Assessment is a process forevaluating knowledge and skills in order to awardcollege credit for learning from:On-the-job Corporate Independent Military Volunteer learning training study service service
FUELING THE RACE TO POSTSECONDARYSUCCESS A 48-Institution Study of Prior Learning Assessment and Adult Student Outcomes Background on LearningCounts.org Reviewed over a 7-year period Compared students with PLA credits to those without PLA credits PLA increases graduation rates and persistence; decreases time to degree completion Funded by the Lumina Foundation, March 2010LEARNINGCOUNTS.ORG 7
How PLA Can Help:Graduation Rates Fueling the Race to Postsecondary Success, CAEL, March 2010
Why LearningCounts.org Not enough colleges granting credit for prior learning Need for consistent standards Adult learners are not aware of PLA so they often repeat what they already know Need for a national, on-line approach with easy access Ability to use faculty experts nationwide to review learning portfolios in various disciplines
Individualized PortfoliosCreate and Submit Portfolios Arrangement includes one portfolio Faculty from colleges and universities from across the country will evaluate portfolios and make credit recommendations Two week turn-around Recommendations sent directly to campus representative for transcribing Additional portfolios may be submitted (up to XX hours), but are sent directly to LearningCounts, and funded by students