There is an old adage that says, “Experience is the best teacher.” We realize that many of current and prospective students begin their journey toward completing an online degree program with a wealth of prior learning experience from a variety of sources. That is why Grantham students can apply for prior learning assessments.
Here is a quick overview about what prior learning assessments are, how they can be beneficial and some tips to help during the application process.
What is Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)?
The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning describes Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) as a way to evaluate learning gained outside a traditional academic environment and potentially apply it toward college credit. It is learning and knowledge you acquire while living your life. Josh Carcopa, Grantham’s transfer and PLA manager, says that no experience is off the table. Examples of experience that might qualify are: participating in employer training programs, portfolio development from many years in a specific industry, serving in the military, American Council on Education (ACE) evaluated training, studying independently, volunteering or doing community service.