Prior Learning Assessment
The Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program helps translate adult learning experiences into college credit.
Stritch recognizes that college-level learning can occur in non-traditional environments and through diverse experiences. By awarding credit for such 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 and awarding of credit via testing, military training, professional training portfolios, and/or experiential essays. Summary information for each of these options may be accessed below.
To facilitate your journey through the world of PLA, a Canvas "course" has been established. The pages within are the official medium through which students learn about, reflect on, prepare, and submit materials for assessment. Feedback from the Coordinator of PLA is provided throughout the experience, providing guidance and recommendations to assist students in their preparations. Access to the Canvas PLA course is free and open to registered students as well as returning degree completers and those exploring Stritch for the first time.
Current students can contact the PLA Coordinator or their academic advisor to request a link to the PLA page in Canvas.
If you are not a current student but are interested in pursuing PLA credit, call the PLA office to discuss your PLA options.