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ERIC Number: ED561962
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Prior Learning Assessment Workgroup: 2014 Progress Report
West, Jim
Washington Student Achievement Council
Legislation passed in 2011 required the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) to convene a Prior Learning Assessment Workgroup. The workgroup was tasked with coordinating and implementing seven goals, described in statute, to promote the award of college credit for prior learning. Awarding college credit for prior learning increases access and opportunity for Washingtonians, which strengthens the competitiveness of the workforce. This report summarizes progress made in 2014 and also outlines a work plan of activities to be conducted in 2015. The workgroup's focus this year was on awarding academic credit to returning veterans for military training. Some of the workgroup's significant accomplishments this year include the following: (1) Gathering and reporting PLA participation data from community and technical colleges as well as public and private baccalaureate institutions; (2) Providing examples of college and university websites that provide better information about PLA practices, and encouraging institutions to incorporate best practices; (3) Initiating a PLA list serve; and (4) Hosting the fourth annual PLA conference in November 2014 with a focus on implementing an act related to awarding academic credit for military training. The workgroup has identified a number of priority actions that will be the focus of its work in 2015, key among them being continued efforts to develop a process for serving returning veterans through PLA. The report concludes that progress made by the Prior Learning Assessment Workgroup over the past three years has brought a new awareness of the value students with prior learning bring to campuses. Completing next steps in 2015 will help colleges and universities, working with labor, industry and the military, increase educational attainment for all Washingtonians, especially returning veterans and other adult learners. The report contains the appendices: (1) Prior Learning Assessment Workgroup; (2) State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Policy: Credit for Non-Traditional Learning; and (3) Examples of College Progress in 2014. [See: 2013 Report at ED561960.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington Student Achievement Council
Identifiers - Location: Washington