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ERIC Number: ED562015
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
LearningCounts Portfolio Assessment Means Cost Savings for Students…and Employers
Olson, Richard; Klein-Collins, Rebecca
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
Adults who pursue postsecondary education often bring with them considerable college-level learning that they acquired from their work, military, or life experience. Through prior learning assessment (PLA), they may be able to have this learning evaluated for college credit. One form of PLA is individualized assessment, in which students prepare a portfolio of their experiential learning, often with supporting documentation. This portfolio is then evaluated by trained faculty assessors to determine a credit award. The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) offers an online portfolio assessment service called LearningCounts. Students enroll in a portfolio development course and then complete a learning portfolio that is evaluated by CAEL-trained faculty who are credentialed in the appropriate disciplines. Students with considerable experiential learning can prepare and submit additional portfolios for a small fee. This document provides information on: how to calculate cost savings when earning college credit through PLA; calculating the cost of PLA through LearningCounts; calculating tuition savings; potential employer savings; and time savings in degree completion.
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. 55 East Monroe Street Suite 1930, Chicago, IL 60603. Tel: 312-499-2600; Fax: 312-499-2601; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Adult and Experiential Learning