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Prior Learning Assessment


Students may also pursue credit by PLA Portfolio must enroll in and successfully complete a portfolio class (GENST 105 or equivalent). Students should have justification for their requests, such as a high school or college transcripts or detailed resumes and other pertinent documentation, prior to enrolling in the course. Normal credit charges apply for the portfolio course and a prior learning portfolio assessment fee will be charged upon portfolio course completion for prior learning credit awarded.

A PLA Portfolio is detailed documentation illustrating what students have been taught and successfully mastered. The required documentation varies from course to course, but may include samples of work, an essay explaining students’ experiences and knowledge, or certificates showing successful completion of workshops or seminars.

In the portfolio class, faculty and staff members will help determine which courses are the best fit for the students' skills and will help develop student portfolios. The completed portfolio will be reviewed to determine what credit can be awarded. Once the number of credits attempted is determined, students must pay the appropriate Prior Learning Portfolio Assessment fee.