Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

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Prior Learning Assessment

Prior Learning Assessment

Overview

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

At National Louis University, your personal and professional experience and knowledge can be worth college credit. Colleges and universities often refer to this knowledge as prior learning. NLU's Prior Learning Assessment office offers several programs for students to demonstrate prior college-level learning including; Credit by Portfolio (options 1, 2 and 3), Credit by Examination, Credit by Licenses and Certifications.

Credit by Portfolio - Option 1

ACL301 - the Perspectives on Prior Learning course is a means for students to recognize, document, and validate learning from life and work experiences for potential college credit. Throughout this course students are offered group and individual assitance in the development of a portfolio documenting their prior learning experiences and learning outcomes.  This course is offered on a qurterly basis, online and at various site locations.  Undergraduate students enrolled in the BSM, BSMIS, ABS, HCL, Human Services, Criminal Jutice and Communication programs are eligible to take this class. 

Student learning outcomes are assessed and credit granted by content-area experts/faculty.   Guidelines for evaluation of prior learning outcomes are based on recommendations by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and the American Council on Education (ACE).   In addition to class tuition, a fee of $400 is charged to cover the cost of the second essay evaluation only.  A number of pre-approved professional licenses and certifications can also be evaluated in class for possible additional elective hours.

 

Credit by Portfolio - Options 2 and 3

Beginning fall term 2015, students in the following undergraduate programs may opt to be a part of a pilot program and take portfolio options 2 or 3.  Students who may participate include; BA Communications, BSM and BA Criminal Justice.

Options 2: PLA Facilitator
The facilitator provides students with a one-on-one experience where they will be coached and guided in assembling their portfolio of evidentiary artifacts for award of credit.

Option 3: Self-Submission The self-submission option is for NLU students who wish to create their own protfolio without guided asstance, other than the services available to all NLU sutdents (i.e., the online writing center, library support staff, etc.).   If the student's self-submission fails to achieve the minimum performance level to be awarded credit, the student may elect to resubmit only after completing Option 1 or Option 2.      

Fees for Options 2 and 3:    100/200 level submissions - $450  and 300/400 level submissions - $600

 

Credit by Examination

NLU awards credit to students who achieve acceptable scores on standardized tests such as College Board's College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs). Tests measure learning in a variety of academic disciplines. The CLEP and DANTES testing hotline is 800.443.5522 x4316. Test schedules and registration information can be found on the upper right side of this website.

Credit by Licenses and Certifications

A list of faculty approved, nationally recognized licenses and certifications is available upon request. For more information, please contact 800.443.5522 x4320.

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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  • WISCONSIN

    NLU has a proud history of serving graduate students in southeastern Wisconsin. We currently offer all Wisconsin residents online programs in non-licensure education as well as a variety of business-related degrees.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658
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