Developing a Prior Learning Assessment Program

Encouraging Student Retention and Graduation via Credit for Prior Learning

Topics: Student Retention and Success, Prior Learning Assessment, Academic Affairs

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Credit for prior learning programs help students complete degrees more quickly and for less money. This report addresses the challenges of scaling up a credit for prior learning program as well as the financial and technical resources necessary to do so.

  • Key observations from our research:

    1. Adult students in credit for prior learning programs graduate more frequently than students in traditional programs.

    2. Institutions centralize credit for prior learning program operations in an office within academic affairs.

    3. Credit for prior learning programs require e-Portfolio software and adaption of existing enterprise management platforms to accommodate alternative transcript processes.

    4. Most institutions document credit from a prior learning assessment as transfer credit on a student's transcript.