Equity-Minded Credit for Prior Learning
- Provides adult learners with more flexible ways to integrate learning into their busy lives
- Reduces time and cost of credentials for adult learners
CPL processes should minimize the use of jargon, eliminate unnecessary steps, and ensure decision criteria are clearly explained up front to encourage students to embrace this opportunity.
Institutions should promote CPL benefits in marketing materials, throughout the application, and during onboarding. Key staff can be trained to spot CPL opportunities and connect learners to the right support.
Keeping fees associated with CPL as low as possible for learners increases access. When fees continue to be a barrier, the college should seek alternative methods of covering all or some of them.
Learners can choose the method they feel most comfortable demonstrating their knowledge. These options should be tailored to each program. Examples include tests, papers, portfolios, interviews, oral submissions, and live demonstrations.
Gather input from adult learners as you assess the current CPL process and outreach strategy. Continue to collect their insights as you work to expand accessibility of CPL.
Work discussions about CPL into other existing processes adult learners move through.
Capitalize on the time advisors and faculty spend with students by training them to value and champion CPL for their students.
Monitor disaggregated data around CPL applications, credits awarded, costs, and more to ensure maximum access to CPL and close equity gaps.