Prior Learning Assessment

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is an academic process of identifying, documenting, and awarding college credit for a student’s knowledge and skills gained from previous experience(s). These experiences could occur through the following:

  • Workplace training
  • Volunteer activities
  • Civic duties
  • Major life experiences
  • Lifelong learning                      

PLA may help students save time and money by reducing the amount of courses they have to take.  The time and length of the PLA process varies. Via portfolio documentation, college students may request college credit for alternative learning experiences. The portfolio serves as the vehicle to document these experiences. Credits earned through PLA may help to reduce the amount of in-class time required to earn a degree. Students must analyze their past experiences and decide which college course(s) matches their prior learning. PLA does not replace transfer of academic credit that has been received in other institutions. Students should contact the Office of the Registrar to obtain more information about transfer credit.

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