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 request credit for college level learning experiences obtained through professional development in the workplace, courses and workshops in non-accredited programs and independent learning—whether pursued at home, workplace or school. 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 Competence-based PLA Submission Form and providing evidence. Evidence can be a paper that relates personal or professional
experience to the ideas of others, cited in the paper. In addition, other
artifacts can be presented. See Competence-based PLA Instructions , Competence-based PLA Frequently Asked Questions, and Competence-based PLA Checklist for
more guidance about how to complete the Competence-based PLA Submission Form.
A $150 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 $150. Students will receive an email from Undergraduate Resources acknowledging submission and after the assessment is completed.
Due to the time constraints of the assessment process, students should not submit PLA the quarter before they plan to graduate.