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Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Introduction to PLAR: Watch the video here!

Top Ten Reasons for Doing PLAR

  1. Validate your past experiential learning in a meaningful way.
  2. Develop/practice organizational skills.
  3. Develop/practice the ability to meaningfully reflect on past learning.
  4. Improve your writing skills.
  5. Receive detailed feedback on your learning.
  6. Learn to think critically about your own learning.
  7. Achieve as many as 30 credits (the equivalent of 10 courses) at one sweep.
  8. Compile a comprehensive document that reflects your past accomplishments.
  9. Save a LOT of money!
  10. Grow your sense of self-esteem and professional competence through the PLAR process.

Updated February 10 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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