What is PLA?
Prior learning assessment documents learning you have achieved through your nonacademic
experiences. You must be able to show how these experiences demonstrate mastery of
learning outcomes for a specific course. This is most often done through a formal
portfolio, but it can also include approved equivalencies for military or corporate
training, as well as specific subject matter examinations.
What are the Benefits of PLA?
1 - Save Time
Applying PLA credit to your degree plan can significantly shorten your degree-completion
process. A recent study by the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning found that students who earned PLA credits earned an average of 17.6 of those credits—that’s
more than five 3-credit courses. The rate was even higher for students who earned
a bachelor’s degree.
2 - Save Money
Fees for exams or portfolio completion are considerably less than the cost of tuition.
3 - Gain Understanding
The PLA process can help you discover and better understand the many ways you learn
and the ways you can apply learning throughout your life, in your jobs, your community
involvement, or other activities outside the classroom.
4 - Develop Your Resume
You can demonstrate to employers how your prior learning adds value to your skill
Are there PLA Options?
Webster University Portfolio Course
Learn how to create your first portfolio to document your college-level learning.
Webster faculty will then assess the portfolio for potential college credit.
After that, you may create other portfolios for additional credit.
Third-Party Portfolio Course
LearningCounts.org is an endorsed organization that assists students with documenting
prior life experiences for college credit in a six-week online portfolio course. Portfolios
from this organization are then submitted to Webster as transfer credit.
Credit by Examination
Webster grants credit for corporate and military training, based on recommendations
of the American Council on Education (ACE). The University also awards college credit
for passing scores on nationally recognized exams, including CLEP and DSST/Dantes.
First you will need to apply for admission. We are ready to assist you in your enrollment.
Once you are admitted, talk to your academic advisor about your career goals and how
you might qualify for PLA credit.
Contact the Office of Admission
314-246-7800 or 1-800-753-6765 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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