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LIFE-LONG LEARNING : AWARDING CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING. 2013 Missouri Community College Association Convention. What is Prior Learning?. Prior Learning is experienced-based or alternative learning that takes place outside of an accredited college or university . Military Training

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2013 Missouri Community College Association Convention

What is Prior Learning?

  • Prior Learning is experienced-based or alternative learning that takes place outside of an accredited college or university.

    • Military Training

    • Work Experience

    • Life Experience

    • Employer Training Programs

    • Independent Study

    • Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Credit for Prior Learning Works!

A recent study of over 62,000 students at 48 postsecondary institutions found that 56% of adult students who had earned credit for non-credit training or prior experience earned a postsecondary degree within seven years, while only 21% of those who completed credits in the traditionalmanner did.

(Source:Fueling the Race to Postsecondary Success, Chicago Council for Experiential Learning, 2010)

The Evolution of Missouri’s CPL Model

  • Innovation in workforce education and training enabled by $20M MoHealthWINs grant

  • National priorities included:

    • Accelerating progress for Low-Skilled and Other Workers Build academic skills in technical context

    • Improving retention and achievement rates

    • Reducing time to completion

      • Award credit for prior learning

      • Structure stackable credential frameworks that align/link non-credit and credit courses

    • Building Programs that meet industry needs Work closely with industry and Workforce Sector Partners to develop/restructure curriculum

    • Strengthening on-line and technology-enabled learning

The Evolution of Missouri’s CPL Model

  • A work group was formed to develop statewide CPL model.

  • After evaluating several state models, the work group’s consensus resulted in developing a draft model utilizing the Colorado model standard framework.

  • This particular model recognizes policies of various colleges within the State of Colorado and served to set a minimum statewide policy and standard for credit for prior learning.

  • The Missouri Credit for Prior Learning Model resulted.

  • Sets statewide expectations, allowing colleges the flexibility to implement CPL as it fits their institutional mission.

  • Consortia member institutions begin to develop and refine existing local CPL policies and implementation strategies

What were colleges already doing? Are there limitations?

  • College Level Examination (CLEP) – some courses

  • Advance Placement (AP) – some course

  • Retroactive Credit – generally applies with foreign language

  • Industry Credentials

  • Articulation

  • Apprenticeship Training

  • Military Experience

  • Proficiency Examination Program (PEP) – specific courses

  • Departmental Exam – some courses

  • Non-credit to Credit Articulation

How are colleges implementing best practices?

  • Enhancing institutional policies and procedures

  • Ongoing professional development (building on CAEL training)

  • Creating easily accessible, centralized repository of information

  • Supporting work at departmental level

  • Working with external groups (e.g. ACE, veterans organizations)

What are the challenges and opportunities?

  • Transferability

  • Transcript designation

  • Common score required at other institutions

  • Managing unintended cost implications

  • Concerns related to rigor

  • Financial aid eligibility of competency-based education

  • Reverse completion


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