Prior Learning Assessment at VSU
What is Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)?
PLA is a process through which students identify areas of relevant learning from their past experiences, demonstrate that learning through appropriate documentation, and submit their materials so that they can be assessed and possibly awarded academic credit relative to specific course objectives at VSU.
The Council of Adult and Experiential Learning defines PLA as follows: “The recognition of learning gained from experiences that may be granted credit or otherwise certified… The assessment of learning attained through experiences irrespective of the time and place in which they occurred.” (Assessing Learning, 2nd edition, By Morry Fiddler, Catherine Marienau, and Urban Whitaker p.12)
Learn more by viewing the PLA Handbook web version (or use the Site Map or Menu at the left) or download a PDF of the 2010-2011 PLA Student Handbook.
See a video of the More! TV show with Dr. Schloss, VSU President, interviewing Dr. Jerry Merwin, PLA Counselor, and Mark Smith, PLA student.
PLA 2000 Prior Learning Documentation - This course is offered online to help students learn to prepare portfolios as part of the PLA Program.
For more information on PLA contact:
Dr. Jerry Merwin