What you know is more important than where you learned it!

With Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) you can use your work, volunteer, or educational experience to obtain credit for a course.  This provides a way to validate what you already know how to do in community development, allowing you to earn your degree more quickly.

If your experience aligns with any courses in the Future Generations Course Catalog, you may be able to obtain credit for this course once you have demonstrated you have gained the necessary skills and knowledge through life experiences.

How does the PLA process work?

Prior learning is demonstrated through a portfolio that describes your experience and learning. You may either prepare a portfolio on your own, or take a 2-credit PLA Seminar to guide you through the process of preparing your portfolio.

Step 1: Research
Identify courses on our website that match your prior experience.

Step 2: Consult
Contact Registrar Chris Roper to discuss if a PLA is right for you at Chris.Roper@Future.Edu.

Step 3: Apply
Complete a PLA application, available from Chris Roper, identifying the skills, knowledge and abilities you have against the learning outcomes of the course.

Step 4: Portfolio
Complete your PLA Portfolio.

Step 5: Get Your Results
When completed, your PLA portfolio will be evaluated by the PLA assessment team. If it passes evaluation, credit will be added to your transcript.

CONTACT

Chris Roper
Chris.roper@future.edu