Dr. Jan Carpenter presented at the Association of Middle Level Education national conference in Minneapolis in November 2013.
As a Marylhurst student you are assigned an academic adviser with whom you plan and monitor your academic degree program. This adviser is sometimes, but not always, the Chair of your academic department.
As opposed to MLA style, APA style is the American Psychological Association format for citation of quotations, paraphrased information and any other ideas or material learned from another source. PLA essays are considered academic essays, and students need to acknowledge their intellectual sources in a recognizable format. Considered by many to be the "easier" style, APA is used primarily by those students majoring in the social sciences, business and communication.
The Marylhurst University catalog comes out every two years and specifies all degree requirements and academic policies for students admitted during this two-year time frame. It also gives course descriptions for all required courses in each major.
A chronolog is an analysis of one's experience from which learning is discriminated, written in a chronological pattern. This is the major assignment in LRN 150, the preliminary class in the Prior Learning Assessment process.
The Prior Learning Assessment program awards credit for learning that is equivalent to that taught in college-level courses.
Part of the index of learning for an essay written for one's PLA Portfolio, competencies are these clear statements describing behaviors, skills, knowledge and capabilities that assert mastery of various aspects of a subject. Competency statements are positive assertions of learning and are always written in the present tense.
Course Equivalency Model
Marylhurst awards PLA credit for learning that is roughly equivalent to the content of actual college-level courses. For example, you won't receive credit in Communication; rather, you will receive credit in a course such as Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication.
Every PLA submission includes a brief argument proposing equivalency between the student's learning and an actual college course. This narrative includes a complete course number, course title and description, college of origin and catalog date.
The program established with adviser approval leading to the bachelor's degree goal selected by the student.
Direct or indirect evidence validating the skills and knowledge discussed in the PLA submission.
Education Degree Plan (EDP)
The EDP is a summary of the college credits earned and still needed within a student's degree program drawn up by the student's adviser.
The second and central part of most PLA submissions, the essay is an orderly written account of the student's mastery of a subject. The essay consists of five parts: the introduction, the quantified sources of learning, the expository discussion of competencies, the conclusion and the credit rationale or statement of course equivalency.
An expert selected by the college to review PLA submissions for appropriate content, documentation and credit rationale. The evaluator recommends credit awards to the PLA instructor. Evaluators have two essential qualifications: they have the appropriate advanced degree and know how subjects are presented within the academic world; they also have worked in their field and know the ways theory does, and sometimes does not, work in practice.
A statement describing your personal, professional and academic goals. This document, written in LRN 150, becomes the opening statement in completed PLA portfolios.
Index of Learning
The overview, or outline, of each PLA submission presented to the evaluator. The index of learning has four parts: academic area, competencies, sources of learning and documentation. All PLA submissions have an index of learning, even those without documentation or without essays. Students learn how to write Indexes of Learning in the second course in the PLA sequence, LRN 305, the Prior Learning Assessment Seminar: From Experience to Learning.
Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment
The department at Marylhurst University that houses the Prior Learning Assessment program. We are located in Marian Hall. If you are on campus, come by and see us! Our telephone number is 503.699.6260 or toll-free: 800.634.9982, extension 6260.
Level of college credit, as opposed to upper division. Lower division credit (generally numbered between 100 and 299) is assigned to coursework ordinarily taken by freshmen and sophomores.
As opposed to APA style, MLA style is the Modern Language Association format for citation of quotations, paraphrased information and any other ideas or material learned from another source. PLA essays are considered academic essays, and students need to acknowledge their intellectual sources in a recognizable format. The MLA style is used primarily by those students majoring in the humanities, religion or philosophy.
Prior Learning Assessment.
The finished product in the Prior Learning Assessment Program is a notebook, or portfolio, containing all your PLA submissions, documentation and the accompanying forms formally requesting that PLA credit be awarded.
The Portfolio Plan is a map for your PLA project identifying the specific academic courses that will be the focus of your PLA submissions. Students learn how to put together a portfolio plan in the second course in the PLA sequence, LRN 305, the Prior Learning Assessment Seminar: From Experience to Learning.
Schedule of Courses
The Schedule of Courses is published every term (four times a year). It gives course descriptions for all courses taught at Marylhurst University in the current term. It often includes new courses not listed in the catalog.
The complete package presented as evidence for the credit worthiness of out-of-classroom learning in one academic area. Each submission has three parts: an index of learning, an essay and documentation.
Level of college credit, as opposed to lower division. Upper division credit (generally numbered between 300 and 499) is assigned to courses ordinarily taken by juniors and seniors.