Portfolio Assessment

Credit may be earned for learning in nontraditional settings that is aligned with Andrews course outcomes. PLA through portfolio is only available when another form of assessment does not exist. Andrews University recognizes that college-level learning can occur in a variety of personal and professional settings. The Andrews University Credit for Prior Learning Coordinator, Dr Glynis Bradfield, coordinates portfolio approval, development, and assessment for students in any program, on-campus or online.

  1. If you completed Advanced Placement courses (AP, Cambridge) while in high school, request an original transcript be sent to Undergraduate Records.
  2. If you completed high school in certain European countries, college credit may be awarded based on your official high school transcript.
  3. If you completed military or professional training, check whether credit is available through the American Council on Education (ACE). If available, request an ACE transcript be sent to Undergraduate Records. Andrews University is a member and accepts all ACE transcripts.
  4. Check if there are any standardized exams that could test your prior learning.  See the minimum scores required for CLEP, DSST, and UExcel exam scores for Andrews University credit.
  5. Check with your academic advisor if credit by exam (CBE) is available for a course for which there is no standardized exam (e.g. languages, religion).
  6. If you are 24 or older and can document prior learning aligned with outcomes for one or more courses for which credit is not possible through any of the options above, you may complete a PLA Portfolio application. If approved, you may prepare and submit a portfolio with evidence of learning, products for review, or a performance. 

PLA Application and Portfolio Preparation Guidelines

PLA Portfolio Application Form - provide a copy of this form, completed, to the PLA Coordinator before you begin
PLA Evaluation Rubric - prepare your portfolio following the guidelines in the rubric faculty evaluators use to assess your prior learning.