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Prior Learning Assessments

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Prior Learning Assessment

  • Many adult learners can demonstrate college-level knowledge and competencies. Such learning—gained from experiences outside postsecondary education—often merits academic credit. Prior learning assessments (PLAs) provide a range of options from recognition of military and workforce training to national examinations and portfolio development. With more options comes the increased likelihood for greater numbers of learners to complete credentials.
  • For more than 60 years, ACE has been a nationally recognized leader in the evaluation of workforce and military training and provides standards, practices, and tools that higher education institutions can rely on.

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    Credits to Credentials™

    Credits to Credentials™ is ACE’s large-scale strategy to develop and implement clearly- mapped education and career pathways for adults that have successfully completed workforce and military training and occupations with ACE credit recommendations.

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    The ACE Credit College and University Network

    The Network is a group of more than 2,000 higher education institutions that consider ACE credit recommendations for transfer to degree programs.

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

    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.

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Adult Learner of the Year Award

The Adult Learner of the Year Award is presented annually by ACE to an adult learner who has benefited from the use of ACE credit recommendations to earn a college degree or advance a career.

 

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