Prior Learning Assessment

School of Professional Studies students

What is 'Life-Learning Credit'?

Life-learning or prior learning credit is credit earned when a student demonstrates learning that he or she has gained outside of a traditional college classroom. This type of credit is sometimes referred to as “credit for life experience,” even though the credit is awarded based on the learning that resulted from the experience—not the experience itself. Since prior learning credit is non-traditional, evaluation has to be done very carefully to ensure that it meets George Fox University’s standards for quality. 

Prior learning credits may be awarded through two avenues: (1) Professional Training Submissions and (2) Life-Learning Essays. In both avenues, students provide documentation of an adult (post-high school) experience, then describe and analyze the learning that occurred. Credit awards are not based on the experience but on the learning that occurred through the process.

Who is Eligible for Prior Learning Credit? 

Students in the Adult Degree Program at George Fox university may be awarded a maximum of 30 semester hours of credit through the prior learning assessment process. Credits earned through the prior learning process may be used to fill open electives. They may not be used to fill general education or major course requirements.

All GFU students who wish to receive credit for Life-Learning Essays will need to enroll in the MGOL 260 Personal and Professional Assessment course (3 semester hours). This writing-intensive class teaches students how to use the Kolb/Fry model of experiential learning to construct life-learning essays. The Kolb/Fry assessment model is a cornerstone in adult education. The Personal and Professional Assessment course also teaches students how to submit professional training items for evaluation and possible credit award. If students anticipate submitting only a limited number of professional training items for evaluation and do not wish to take the Personal and Professional Assessment course, they may consult the Department of Professional Studies PLA Coordinator or Enrollment Manager for instructions about how to compile a Professional Training Submission.

Prior Learning Assessment Details

Please see the PLA Student Site for details on the Prior Learning Assessment process, including submission forms and instructions. 

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