The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and WICHE seek the participation of at least 70 colleges and universities in a research study on policies and practices involving assessment of prior learning. Participating institutions will be asked to complete a questionnaire and share data on persistence, degree completion, and other student outcomes. A stipend of $2,500 will be given to each institution that contributes to the study.
The study kicks off a national 18-month initiative focused on recognition of learning—a term that encompasses varied ways students can be granted academic credit for prior knowledge gained outside the classroom (whether through life experience, military training, volunteerism, or other avenues). The goal of the project, supported by Lumina Foundation and Strada Education Network, is to explore ways to better assess traditionally undervalued facets of learning, and to identify policies and practices that can enable the affordable scaling of such assessments to benefit students, institutions, and states alike.