AACRAO Podcast For the Record - Discusses PLA and CBE in Higher Learning Institutions

March 8, 2021
  • Competency-Based Education
  • Records and Academic Services
  • Competency Based Education
  • podcast
  • prior learning assessment
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For the Record - Doug McKenna

In this episode we speak with Becky Klein Collins, Vice President of Impact at CAEL (Council for Adult and Experiential Learning) about the implementation and practice of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) and Competency Based Education (CBE) in higher learning institutions. Throughout the podcast we discuss the history, examples, and goals for wider implementation of PLA and CBE and how these approaches have, in some ways, perfectly aligned with the current moment. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Why colleges and universities should recognize the value of learning itself no matter where that learning takes place.
  • Methods by which PLA approaches and implementation can be brought to the forefront for both traditional and non-traditional students alike
  • CAEL Standards for Assessing and Evaluating learning for college credit
  • The future of PLA, CBE, and how institutions may adopt these approaches going forward

Becky Klein Collins - Vice President, Impact at CAEL
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

Prior Learning Assessment (WCET - WICHE)
CBE Network




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