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Taking the Mystery Out of the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Process. Rebecca Williams Enrollment Manager, Adult Degree Program Registrar’s Office. Why Take PPA?. Become a better writer Learn how to communicate your life experiences Earn cheap academic credits. Bridging the Gap.

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taking the mystery out of the prior learning assessment pla process

Taking the Mystery Out of the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)Process

Rebecca Williams

Enrollment Manager, Adult Degree Program

Registrar’s Office

why take ppa
Why Take PPA?
  • Become a better writer
  • Learn how to communicate your life experiences
  • Earn cheap academic credits
bridging the gap
Bridging the Gap
  • To graduate: 126 credits
  • Major: 36 credits
  • General Education: 32 credits

You could need up to 58 credits of electives.

the basics
The Basics
  • Limit of 30 credits
  • Must pass PPA course with a C- or higher
  • No PPA? No essays and a small charge for Professional Training submissions
  • Cannot submit PLA while on leave of absence
submitting essays
Submitting Essays
  • Evaluated based on articulated learning, not the experience itself
  • Expert evaluators
  • Learning outcomes must be “college-level”
  • Spell-check!

Rewrites

essay must haves
Essay Must-Haves
  • Fillable cover sheet (found online)
  • Abstract
  • APA format (with headings)
  • Documentation

Essays receive between 1 and 3 credits, sometimes up to 4 based on learning outcomes and application of learning.

submitting professional trainings
Submitting Professional Trainings
  • Structured classes and/or seminars not officially transcripted by a college
  • Typical setting: a proprietary school, business, church, or training required by insurance or social service workers
  • Certificates are usually awarded at their completion
  • Must contain sufficient content depth to be considered collegiate level
professional training must haves
Professional Training Must-Haves
  • Must be over eight hours in length
  • Fillable cover sheet (found online)
  • Documentation of successful course completion
  • Verification of seat hours
      • A syllabus, course outline, or summary of course materials, listing major topics covered.
the process
The Process
  • Student: Submits PLA essay or training to pla@georgefox.edu

(Approx. 2 weeks)

  • Enrollment Manager: Processes PLA, makes sure all pieces are included, assesses subject, sends to evaluator
  • Evaluator: Evaluates submission

(Approx. 2 weeks)

  • Enrollment Manager: Receives submission, records credit award, notifies Enrollment Counselor

(Approx. 1 week)

  • Submission emailed back to student with comments and cover sheet

TOTAL TIME: 5-6 weeks

deadlines
Deadlines
  • Starting for those graduating in spring 2014, deadlines will be the final day of your third cohort semester (i.e. the semester before you finish)
    • Spring Commencement : last day of fall term (Dec.)
    • August Completion : last day of spring term (Apr./May)
    • Fall Commencement : last day of summer term (Aug.)
finding the cover sheets
Finding the Cover Sheets

www.georgefox.edu/adult-degree/pla/

additional questions
Additional Questions?

Contact information:

Rebecca Williams

Enrollment Manager

503.554.6102

pla@georgefox.edu

Office Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:30a-5p