Steps to Earning Credit

1. Talk with your academic advisor about prior learning that may be at college level.  

2. If your prior learning is aligned with most of the outcomes for an Andrews course (find in course schedule), fill in the PLA Portfolio Application and make an appointment to discuss this application with the PLA Coordinator in the School of Distance Education.  

3. If approved by the PLA Coordinator, a faculty evaluator will be assigned to review your application within one month. If approved, you have two months to complete and submit a digital or printed portfolio, following the portfolio rubric guidelines.  Evaluators may be full-time or part-time faculty who teach the course for which credit is applied.  If course outcomes require demonstration of skill, the evaluator may contact the student to perform or demonstrate learning; usually portfolios are evaluated without contacting students. 

4. The faculty evaluator who approved the application will grade the portfolio within one month.  The grade sheet and portfolio will be returned to the PLA Coordinator who communicates the result to the student and submits the grade form to the Records Office for entry. A passing grade will be entered for the number of credits approved.   The fee of $150 per credit approved will be charged to your account within the month after the grade is submitted to the Records office.

NOTE: Completing a course in portfolio preparation is recommended. Consider courses available through which include the option to submit portfolios to the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) for credit in courses Andrews does not offer.  Andrews University is a member of CAEL and accepts CAEL transcripts. 

Are PLA credits transferable?

Andrews credits earned through PLA are included on the Andrews transcript. As the decision to accept PLA credits is determined by the institution to which the student is transfering Andrews credits, it is the student's responsibility to determine whether the credit will be accepted.