The PLA Boost
Adult Learners

The PLA Boost

Results From a 72-Institution Targeted Study of Prior Learning Assessment and Adult Student Outcomes

Posted: Oct. 22, 2020
Author(s): Rebecca Klein-Collins, Jason Taylor, Carianne Bishop, Peace Bransberger, Patrick Lane, and Sarah Leibrandt
Organization(s): Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

This report suggests policies and practices that support prior learning assessment (PLA) have the potential to create more efficient pathways for mobility and increase student success—especially for adults. The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Educations collaborated with administrators, staff, and students from more than 70 institutions to conduct original research on the impact of current PLA policies and practices on adult student outcomes.