CLP’s Senior Advisor, Andy Mott, has recently written a one-page resource on how Prior Learning Assessments (PLA), based on knowledge students have learned outside of the college classroom, can be used to earn college credits. “Studies show that students earning PLA credits have higher graduation rates than other students,” Andy writes. “Their practical experience pays off in many ways.
PLA does not refer to credit for the experience, Andy explains, but instead provides credit for the learning from the experience. If that learning is ata college level, it can be tested and given credit through the PLA process.
This approach is particularly useful for community leaders and organizers, since many of these folks are already knowledgable in assessing community needs, building teams, campaign strategy and coalition building.
Read Andy’s entire document here.