Dr. Jan Carpenter presented at the Association of Middle Level Education national conference in Minneapolis in November 2013.
You can earn college credit toward a bachelor's degree by documenting the knowledge you've gained through life experience.
Through Marylhurst's Prior Learning Assessment program, life and work experiences such as employment, homemaking, company-sponsored or military training, community service, independent research and travel study may apply as credit toward your undergraduate degree.
Development of your education plan begins in the Learning Assessment Workshop, the first of three required PLA courses, where you:
- Clarify educational goals and priorities
- Develop a personal plan with specific objectives
- Discover how many credits may be earned for prior learning
Next, the PLA Seminar provides a step-by-step method for making credit requests based on your mastery of subjects through prior learning or personal study. You identify areas which fulfill specific Marylhurst University requirements and learn how to describe, analyze and document acquired knowledge.
Portfolio Development Studies are individualized tutorials where you receive one-on-one instruction and guidance. A PLA adviser meets regularly and individually with each student to review work.