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Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Portfolio
Excelsior College offers our enrolled and future students the option to pursue PLA Portfolio through a partnership with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and LearningCounts.orgTM
Earn College Credit for What You Already Know
PLA is the evaluation and assessment of an individual's life learning for college credit, certification, or advanced standing toward further education or training. This can include assessment of learning through:
You document your learning by writing about your previous learning, making a video of yourself performing a task, providing a product of your work, or having a third party verify your knowledge. A LearningCounts.org faculty expert then evaluates your documentation—your portfolio—to determine if your learning is equivalent to college-level work and may recommend awarding appropriate college credit.
Benefits of PLA Portfolio
Earning credit for life and work experience offers these benefits:1
How It Works at Excelsior
All the details are on our Portfolio Assessment policy page, but here's a quick overview:
You can take advantage of PLA through LearningCounts.org without being enrolled in Excelsior College. If you enroll in an Excelsior degree program first, an Excelsior academic advisor will work with you to make sure a PLA Portfolio is an appropriate option for your degree plan.
We strongly encourage you to first take Excelsior's online course CCS 202: Prior Learning Assessment Theory and Practice.3
After you complete the PLA Portfolio through LearningCounts.org you then request an official LearningCounts.org/NCCRS transcript to be mailed to us. Recommended credit will be applied to your file upon enrollment, use of our OneTranscript® service, or a Preliminary Review.
1Source: Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) study.