Prior Learning Assessment

Prior Learning Assessment Program at Marylhurst

Overview | Prior Learning Assessment | Credit by Exam | Benefits

Since the 1970s, Marylhurst has provided our undergraduate students the opportunity to earn college credit for learning they’ve acquired through significant work and life experiences. Today, the Prior Learning Assessment program continues to position Marylhurst among the leaders in higher education giving students the option to write portfolios that showcase their knowledge. With the benefit of designated PLA academic advisors and a convenient online course format, Marylhurst students receive the structured support they need to successfully submit their personal and professional experiential learning for college credit.

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How the Prior Learning Assessment Works

Through a partnership with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), Marylhurst offers a 6-8 week online course where students learn to write and present written portfolios that demonstrate how their life-long learning qualifies for college credit. The PLA course guides students through a step-by-step method for developing their first three written portfolios. Faculty experts in each subject area review submitted portfolios and award credit recommendations.

Students may submit additional PLA portfolios for credit evaluation with the continued assistance of PLA academic advisors. A maximum of 45 prior learning college credits may be earned.

CAEL is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping adults succeed in higher education and has been influential in the advancement of credit for prior learning opportunities.

Why enroll in the Prior Learning Assessment program?

  • Complete your degree and grow your career in less time by taking fewer courses
  • Save money with reduced tuition. Students can earn up to 45 credits and save $17,000 in tuition fees.
  • Identify the value of what you have already learned through past experiences
  • Improve writing and research skills

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Is PLA right for you?

Student at Marylhurst UniversityThe best way to find out if the Prior Learning Assessment program meets your needs toward completing your bachelor’s degree is to attend the Prior Learning Assessment information session or contact our admissions team. Not only can they answer your questions about PLA and help determine if this is a good fit for you, they can also perform an unofficial transcript evaluation. That means you will get a better picture of how close you are to completing a bachelor’s at Marylhurst.

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