January 17, 2013
I am excited to introduce today’s guest blogger, Deborah Bushway, Ph.D., LP, vice president of Academic Innovation at Capella University. Deb is a thought leader in higher education and is leading several critical initiatives for Capella.
CAEL’s announcement that it is now partnering with colleges to directly award college credit based on its LearningCounts prior learning assessments (which measure learning gained outside of the traditional classroom) is exciting and encouraging. President Pamela Tate and her LearningCounts team have built an exciting platform for increasing the use of PLA as a significant degree completion strategy.
Their successful pilot engaged a diverse group of learners across areas of study ranging from business to the liberal arts to convert the prior learning of these students into credits which were applied toward their desired degrees!
CAEL has redesigned their website to be even more informative and engaging – including the innovative PLA Wizard soon to be released. Capella University is enthusiastic about these alternative pathways to degree completion because they offer our adult learners well deserved flexibility and regard for what they already know. A study completed in 2010 of over 62,000 adult students found that students who earn PLA credit are more likely to persist and graduate than those who do not make use of this important pathway. This is reason enough our enthusiastic support of CAEL’s work! Capella’s enrollment counselors and advisors can help learners understand how to apply PLA options to their degree plans.
Thank you CAEL for your ongoing support of adult learners and their career goals.