"In a 72-institution study published last year, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) found that not only do adult students with prior learning assessment/credit for prior learning (PLA/CPL2) save time and money in earning degrees, but they also are more likely to complete credentials compared to adult students without such credit. The positive effect of PLA/CPL credit receipt on credential completion was evident for every student subgroup—different ages, genders, institutional environments, income levels, and races and ethnicities. One important finding from the study, however, was that the PLA/ CPL credit rate (the percentage of adult students receiving credit through the various methods of PLA/CPL) was only 11% across our sample. In addition, when comparing the PLA/CPL credit receipt of different adult student populations, Black students, students from lower-income households, and community college students, all had lower PLA/CPL credit rates when compared to other groups." Continue reading the results here.

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