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ERIC Number: ED607435
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Advising and Prior Learning Assessment for Degree Completion. Recognition of Prior Learning in the 21st Century
Wesley, Alexa; Parnell, Amelia
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
Advising is a critical component of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Students may have a range of learning experiences that advisors can help translate into academic credit. Redesigning advising systems is a key part of the work that NASPA -- Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and core partner organizations are leading as part of the Advising Success Network. Rethinking systems of advising raises questions about advisor perspectives and strategies around PLA. NASPA's engagement with advising experts, emphasis on the value of learning outside the classroom, and commitment to supporting a changing student population prompts exploration of the future direction of the field. To examine the conditions around advising students about PLA and the current state of the field, NASPA conducted a research study involving: 1) video and phone interviews with practitioners in advising roles at institutions; and 2) a national survey of student affairs professionals. NASPA's research findings help address the following core research questions: (1) to what extent are shifts in higher education impacting advising practices related to PLA; (2) in what ways are advisors helping students navigate the PLA process; and (3) what do advisors perceive as key student challenges related to PLA and how are they addressing them? The authors first describe the research methods used to address these questions. Then, drawing from research findings, this brief unfolds in four sections: (1) current trends in advising; (2) advisor perspectives; (3) student needs; and (4) opportunities for collaboration and coordination. The authors end by offering several recommendations for practice based on the findings.
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. P.O. Box 9752, Boulder, CO 80301-9752. Tel: 303-541-0200; Fax: 303-541-0291; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation; Strada Education Network
Authoring Institution: NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education; Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A