Prior Learning Assessment: Balancing Academic Quality and Enrollment Goals

Venue: Online

Location: Online, Other

Event Date/Time: Jan 21, 2010 End Date/Time: Jan 21, 2010
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Colleges and universities of all types and sizes are being asked to evaluate and award credit for diverse forms of prior learning from an increasing number of adult learners. As a result, traditional four-year and research institutions are now feeling pressure, along with two-year and recognized adult- and veteran-friendly schools, to provide more flexible and comprehensive prior learning assessment (PLA) services.

Join us online to learn how to balance legitimate faculty concerns about academic quality and the curricular equivalence of external learning experiences with informed, collaborative judgments about evaluating such learning. Topics include:

* Recognizing stakeholders' explicit and implicit values toward prior learning in order to establish common ground for policy

* Managing transfer student anxiety and consumer attitudes about prior learning assessment and academic standards

* Best practices in using external organizations' guidelines for assessing prior learning

* Working with academic governance bodies at your institution on transfer credit policies specific to degree and certificate, credit and non-credit programs

* To be or not to be an Adult Learning Focused Institution (Council for Adult and Experiential Learning) and a member of the Cooperating College Network (American Council on Education)



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Who should attend: Academic affairs, admissions/enrollment management, adult and continuing education, and student records officials responsible for transfer credit and articulation policies, assessing prior learning, making judgments about comparability with institutional courses and learning objectives, and awarding credit or waiving requirements.