I have written already about Walmart’s PLA program, so I am not going to get my knickers in a twist again about *that* topic.
The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning announced that Pam Tate, the President of CAEL, was interviewed on NPR´s show Here and Now about the use of prior learning assessment nationwide. According to the announcement, “She also commented on the new relationship between the for-profit online school, American Public University, and Walmart to offer academic credit to employees based on what they learn on the job.” Listen Here:
Here at Marylhurst, we intentionally keep our PLA program pretty darn rigorous. Students have to demonstrate that they have the college-level learning, based on specific course outcomes. It’s not an “easier” way to earn credits; it is often, however, a very rewarding way to earn credit. As I’ve mentioned previously, it’s about so much more than credit. (It also saves our students time and money — both pretty valuable resources for busy adult learners!)
So again, here are links to Marylhurst’s PLA students talking about their experiences — as you will hear from them, the credit is quite often the icing on the cake:
- Christy Dirren – 12 credits through PLA
- Angela Pernisco – 15 credits through PLA
- Chrissi Antonopoulos – 45 credits through PLA
- Chip Brinks – 33 credits through PLA
- Barbara Eckroad – 45 credits through PLA
- Julie Fleming – 17 credits through PLA
- Debra Giannini – 15 credits through PLA
- Loretta Rowe – 21 credits through PLA
- Ty Wells – 27 credits through PLA
- Stephanie Lillegard’s (a current PLA student) comments about her experience of getting credit.