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Maps to Credentials: Creating an Integrated Prior Learning Assessment Model to Accelerate Postsecondary Attainment

December 30, 1899

 

​Maps to Credentials, a 3-year project funded by FIPSE (Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education), is designing and piloting credential road maps for student veterans, applying ACE credit recommendations for military occupations and training and incorporating other PLA methods to accelerate veterans' postsecondary attainment.

The project is focusing initially on military veterans, a population with college-level skills and knowledge gained through military service, which are essential to the country’s workforce. Cross-sector project advisory groups have been established at the national level and at each partner college and include both employers and veterans in addition to individuals from higher education.

 

The partners are:

  • Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)
  • American Council on Education (ACE)
  • American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
  • Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) (North Carolina)
  • Inver Hills Community College (IHCC) (Minnesota)
  • Miami Dade College (MDC) (Florida)

The 3 community college partners are each designing and piloting credential road maps in select degree and certificate programs to accelerate postsecondary attainment through effective integration of comprehensive prior learning assessment methods. The program areas range from Logistics Management, Business Administration, and Criminal Justice to Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Services, and Culinary Technology to capitalize on veterans’ prior learning as well as local employers’ needs.

CAEL and ACE divided project management responsibilities with AACC. CAEL and ACE shared expertise in serving adult learners, assessing prior learning and effectively serving military veterans with the partner schools. Faculty, advisors and counselors at partner schools participated in prior learning assessment programs, professional development workshops.

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