State Policy Approaches to Support Prior Learning Assessment
State leaders are increasingly aware of the value of prior learning assessment (PLA) in helping adult learners complete a degree faster and at a lower cost. Many are taking steps to encourage the offering and use of PLA throughout entire systems of colleges and universities. This guide is intended to serve as a resource for state leaders who wish to support PLA, whether through new higher education policy or through legislation. It includes background information on PLA and why a state- or system-wide approach can be helpful, information on the kinds of policies that other states and systems are adopting, and case studies of both general approaches to state- or system-wide PLA and approaches designed specifically to benefit veterans. An appendix provides a sample roadmap, considerations for developing a state- or system-wide policy, a state-by-state list of specific policies currently in place, and additional resources.