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Competence-based PLA (formerly known as ILPs)

​Competence-based PLA will not be accepted after by October 26, 2022.​

​​​Competence-based PLA (formerly known as ILPs) is for students in the following programs:

  • BA with an Individualized Focus Area (BAIFA)
  • BA in Computing (BAC)
  • BA in General Business (BAGB)
Students submitting competence-based PLA must complete the Competence-based PLA Checklist​​​ and use it as a coversheet for their submission.

Students request credit for college level learning experiences occurring at home, workplace or social/cultural contexts. The learning experience may have been accomplished prior to or during studies at SCPS.

A specific competence can be demonstrated by providing evidence of learning related to each of criteria of the competence statement. A submission includes completing the steps of the Competence-based PLA Checklist​​​ (which will be used as a coversheet for their evidence), completing the Competence-based PLA Submission Form, and providing evidence. Evidence should be a paper that demonstrates mastery of competence criteria while relating personal or professional experience to relevant ideas from academic sources, cited in the paper. In addition, other artifacts can be presented.

A $300 fee will be charged upon submission of the Competence-based PLA. Once the form has been submitted it is routed to the Office of Prior Learning Assessment which determines if the Competence-based PLA is ready for review by a content expert. The content expert will hold an advanced degree in a field related to the competence requested and will determine if the PLA passes, fails, or should be resubmitted with revision. If a requested revision is submitted but not approved, the student can take a course or initiate a new Competence-based PLA with a charge of $300. Students will receive an email from Undergraduate Resources acknowledging submission and after the assessment is completed.

Time Considerations

  • Competence-based PLA will not be accepted after ​​October 26, 2022.
  • Students should subm​it all PLA no later than 2 quarters before their planned graduation.
  • PLA projects are not processed during weekends, holidays, or other times when the university is closed.
  • Once a PLA project is submitted, it may take up to three business weeks for the assessment to be completed. 

Competence-based PLA Resources

Competence-based PLA Examples

These writing samples are examples of how to write to different competences and competence areas. However for specific and up-to-date submission criteria, please refer to the Competence-based PLA FAQ and Competence-based PLA Checklist ​for current submission requirements.

Competence Area

Project Title

A1

Fast Car

A2

Warsaw, Chicago, and Greek Tragedies


S1

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Flowers and Plants

S1

My Skydiving Mishaps

S3

Color in Our Daily Lives​​​

FX

Reading to the Hard of Understanding