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ERIC Number: ED547413
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 58
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 26
Random Access: The Latino Student Experience with Prior Learning Assessment
Klein-Collins, Rebecca; Olson, Richard
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
Many Latinos come to higher education as adults. One degree completion strategy that is particularly suited to adult students in higher education is prior learning assessment (PLA). PLA provides opportunities to evaluate a student's learning from work or life experience for the purpose of awarding college credit. For students whose experiential learning is demonstrably at the college level, PLA saves students time and money on their pathway to a degree. This report presents the findings from a new study by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), in partnership with Excelencia in Education, that examines the experience of Latino students with PLA at 10 postsecondary institutions in the U.S. between 2010 and 2013. Through analysis of more than 32,000 student academic records, as well as interviews with Latino students and PLA administrators, the study examines how Latino students engage with PLA in terms of methods used, number of credits earned, and areas of study for which credits are earned. It also investigates the role that institutions play in encouraging Latino students to take advantage of PLA. The study's findings suggest specific strategies for more effective outreach to Latino students, as well as other important target populations, on PLA. The methodology and technical notes are appended. [This report was written with Deborah Santiago. For the related report: "Random Access: The Latino Student Experience with Prior Learning Assessment. Executive Summary," see ED547412.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: TG (Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation)
Authoring Institution: Council for Adult and Experiential Learning; Excelencia in Education