PLA works but few take advantage of it

Prior learning assessments work to encourage degree completion, but too few take advantage of it.

Reported by Education Dive, new research from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education found that only 11% of adult students earn PLA credit. But for those who do, 49% earn their credential in the next 7.5 years, compared to only 27% of adult students who don’t take advantage of prior learning assessment credit.

The takeaway? Higher ed as a whole needs to figure out how to make PLA credit more universally known, attainable, and given for our adult students. You’re not giving away free money through your PLA credits. You’re creating a student nearly twice as likely to graduate with you.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.