Recognition of prior learning

Recognition Of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning

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Recognition of prior learning (RPL), prior learning assessment (PLA), or prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR), describes a process used by colleges and universities around the world to evaluate learning acquired outside the classroom for the purpose of assigning academic credit. Common ways individuals have acquired college-level learning include: corporate or military training; work experience; civic activity; and independent study.

Methods to assess prior learning are varied and include: standardized exams such as those delivered by the College Board, the Excelsior College Examination Program or DANTES Subject Standardized Tests Program; American Council on Education (ACE) Guides to credit recommendations for civilian and military training programs; evaluations of local training programs by local colleges, campus challenge exams; and portfolio assessments of experiential learning.

Prior learning assessment

Prior learning assessment is a process that might save a person time as well as money in completing a certificate or degree program. The process reviews learning that may have been mastered through a variety of life experiences, including professional responsibilities, civic and volunteer experiences, military and corporate training, and independent study. Through Prior Learning Assessment, individuals with learning that has been acquired outside of a formal classroom setting have the opportunity to have that learning reviewed for college-level equivalency....
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