Learning Assessments Save Time and Money
Granting college credit for learning outside the classroom is not new. Since 1942, the American Council on Education has worked with the military to evaluate learning acquired through military education and training. Servicemembers have used Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) for many years to shorten the time toward degree completion.
A recent study of 62,000 students at 48 institutions conducted by The Council for Adult & Experiential Learning (CAEL) confirmed that PLA students have better academic outcomes, primarily in graduation and persistence rates, than other adult students.
More than half (56 percent) of PLA students graduated within seven years, while approximately one-fifth (21 percent) of non-PLA students received their postsecondary degrees during the same time period.
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