According to the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), more than half of students with credit earned through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) earned a degree within seven years, while only one in five earned a degree without Prior Learning Assessment.
Prior Learning Assessment Works
Across every dimension, including student age, gender, race/ethnicity/ grade point average, or financial aid receipt, PLA students displayed better graduation rates than non-PLA students.
The Adult Learner Services Program seeks to respect professionals’ time and the richness of their experiences, which is key in educating adults. Adult Learner Services provides a streamlined pathway to degree completion for working adults. Many of these individuals have acquired learning outside of the traditional academic environment through work experience, on-the-job training, and/or employer training programs. That learning can be assessed for college-level credit through Athens State University’s Adult Learner Services Program.
Both the individual worker and the employer benefit through the process of granting credit for prior learning.
Individual Worker Benefits
- Gains college credit for existing knowledge, skills and abilities
- Shortens their time to degree completion
- Validates their level of knowledge, skills, and abilities
- Lower tuition reimbursement costs to students who receive credit for prior learning
- Degreed and professional workforce
Fueling the Race to Postsecondary Success, CAEL