Five Critical Factors

There are five critical factors to establishing a Prior Learning Assessment program. The Critical Factors of a Prior Learning Assessment Program is a model that was developed out of research conducted by Hoffman, Travers, Evans and Treadwell. The research looked at thirty-four different institutions and the types of PLA program pieces that they had in place.

The research concluded that five different areas were necessary in order to have a good successful prior learning assessment program. The five areas are: institutional mission and commitment, institutional support, program practices, professional development, and program evaluation and improvement.

The video below highlights the Five Critical Factors of a Prior Learning Assessment Program.

Five critical factors of a PLA program:

While you establish a Prior Learning Assessment program, there are a few key questions to consider regarding institutional mission and commitment, institutional support, program practices, professional development, and program evaluation and improvement.

For a complete overview of key questions to to ask during the development phase, and for a detailed look at answering these questions at the institutional level, watch the following video:

Key questions for the five critical factors of a PLA program

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