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Credit for Prior Learning: Putting Standards for Policy into Place

Patricia Brewer, Mary Beth Lakin


In order to complete a credit for prior learning (CPL, the acronym preferred here to describe a variety of prior learning assessment strategies) program review for a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAAACT) grant, staff members in the College and University Partnerships office at the American Council on Education (ACE) developed a set of potential standards by which CPL policy can be reviewed. Six standards, each with quality indicators, are proposed for reader review. The standards have been piloted in selected settings; ACE is suggesting a future webinar to further explore the standards and to identify ways to make them useful for CPL programs across the U.S.

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