School of Continuing and Professional Studies > Student Resources > Undergraduate Resources > Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) > Independent Learning Pursuits (ILPs)
Competence-based PLA (formerly known as ILPs) is for students in the following programs:
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.
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.
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.
Warsaw, Chicago, and Greek Tragedies
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Flowers and Plants
My Skydiving Mishaps
Color in Our Daily Lives
Reading to the Hard of Understanding