Students may petition for the acceptance of credits for learning experiences that occurred after high school but prior to admission to the university. A student’s past postsecondary education and experiences are assessed through a formal process called Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). This process is in accordance with commonly accepted good practice in higher education and satisfies criteria established by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).

A student petitioning for PLA credits must complete a course in foundations of professional studies, develop a PLA plan with an advisor, and submit portfolios that document the experiential learning to be assessed by subject matter faculty through the formal process. This process is handled through the office of Electronic & Continuing Education by the Coordinator of Adult Education Initiatives.

The policy for assessed credit will be governed by the Prior Learning Assessment Council. For information on program policies, standards and requirements, and fees see the website for the Northwestern State University CALL Initiative at .


Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Form: