School of Continuing and Professional Studies > Student Resources > Undergraduate Resources > Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) > Competence-based PLA (Formerly Known as ILPs)
Competence-based PLA (formerly known as ILPs) is for students in the following programs:
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 $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.
Students who plan to graduate in Autumn Quarter 2022 should have submitted all PLA projects by May 9, 2022.
In Summer Quarter, passing submissions received after August 1, 2022 will not appear on student records until Fall Quarter.
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