Credit for Prior Learning

The Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program provides a means of translating adult learning experiences into undergraduate-level, college credit.


Stritch recognizes that college-level learning can occur in non-traditional environments and through diverse experiences. By awarding credit for non-traditional learning experiences, Stritch lowers barriers and increases access for adult students in pursuit of life-long learning objectives, career advancement, or retraining opportunities.

The PLA Office coordinates the assessment of extra-institutional learning from these sources:

  • National testing programs (CLEP examinations, DANTES subject standardized tests, and Excelsior College Examinations)
  • Military/Armed Services educational training
  • Professional training portfolios
  • Experiential learning essays