Completion Odds Increase with Prior Learning Credits
Oct 22, 2020, 12:02 PM
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New report finds that adult students who receive college credits for prior learning are more likely to complete academic programs than their peers without prior learning credits.
A new report from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education found that adult students who receive college credits for prior learning are more likely to complete academic programs than their peers without prior learning credits, reports Inside Higher Ed.
According to the report, which looked at student outcomes at 72 U.S. institutions, prior learning assessment (PLA) increases student completion by 17 percent, and by 30 percent for all forms of prior learning assessment other than credit recommendations for military training, reported Inside Higher Ed.
The report stated that despite PLA's positive impact on completion, only about 11 percent of adult students at the institutions participating in the study earned PLA credit. Black students, Pell Grant recipients and students who lived in lower-income communities were least likely to participate.
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