Dr. Teresa Bagamery Clark Lipscomb University October 1, 2012 Background Higher education since 2003 Adult learning since 2006 Research, design and teaching position last fall Educated at Geneva College and Vanderbilt University Outcomes Review (or discover) portfolio background Develop a process map Reassess to try again National Context (No) Surprise: Adult learners on the rise G.I. Bill Presidential Goal Lumina Foundation Workforce Needs National (2) Veterans Women 20-somethings Baby-Boomers Lipscomb Adult Program Over 200 students Has grown 238% since 2006 93% retention rate fall to spring (all) 74% retention rate fall to fall (first time) What is PLA? Prior Learning Assessment (PLA): “A process for evaluating knowledge and skills in order to award college credit for college-level learning gained from like experiences.” (Wertheim, 2012) Types: CLEP CBE DSST AP IB ACE Portfolio Your Experience What types of PLA does your institution offer or grant credit for? Does your institution have a portfolio system in place? PLA Benefits Motivate Move faster toward degree Save time Save money Persist More than twice as likely to graduate What is a Portfolio? A collection of documents and essays that seek to demonstrate college-level learning completed outside the classroom. Documentation Essays Letters Certificates Samples of work Portfolio History Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) founded in the 1970s Increase in overall enrollment in ‘60s Rise of community colleges University of Phoenix Portfolios 1980s New G.I. Bill More specialization Declining liberal arts colleges Our Goals More students Recruited Retained Graduated Enter the arena Competitive advantage Repertoire Portfolio Groundwork Proposal in 2011 following CAEL conference Resistance Resurgence with new college Road to Approval December 2011 new proposal Spring 2012 one-on-one meetings with deans/VPs Spring 2012 joined state task force Road to Approval (2) CAEL advisor and assessor training Policy committee (Provost-appointed) Summer 2012 Approval for Adult Degree Program Mission Statement Lipscomb University acknowledges certain adult learners come to the university with a significant body of professional or voluntary experience that may have equipped them with knowledge and learning that can be demonstrated through the portfolio process. Therefore, the mission of prior learning assessment through portfolio evaluation is to recognize and grant undergraduate academic credit for demonstrated achievement of higher learning objectives. Policy Highlights Required course Course-match system (vs. block credit) 4000-level courses and field study ineligible Fees and compensation Portfolio Quick Steps Student completes self-evaluation Student completes Portfolio Workshop Student submits portfolio Portfolio reviewed by assessor Portfolio approved by assessor and reviewed by department chair Quick Steps (2) Student may revise and resubmit Assessor and department chair sign off College of Professional Studies and Registrar sign off Account charged and credit posted Portfolio Workshop Non-credit, four-week, flat-fee, online Offered fall and spring Description: Online course for students planning to prepare a PLA portfolio. Through one-on-one meetings and regular communication with the professor, students will work to organize an initial portfolio. Paper Trail Catalog Policies and procedures Forms Advertising Word of mouth Website Radio Information session Staff Information session approved by Provost Guests: Admissions, Registrar, Veterans Affairs, Financial Aid, Student Accounts CAEL’s Advising the Adult Learner Toolkit Policies and procedures Scheduled for October Faculty Assessor training Provost’s letter Deans’ selection CAEL’s Prior Learning Assessment: Ensuring Academic Quality Policies and procedures Scheduled for October Measurement Recruitment Student participation Credit awarded Retention Graduation Recommendations Research to give an answer Capitalize on receptive culture Secure a respected spokesperson Individual meetings with key players for buy-in Prepare to compromise Discussion Share your portfolio stories, successes, roadblocks Discuss how Lipscomb’s journey mirrors your experience, how it might encourage you, how it could save you some headaches General questions Thank You Dr. Teresa Bagamery Clark Lipscomb University One University Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37211 [email protected] Resources CAEL (2012). Advising the adult learner toolkit. CAEL (April 2011). Research brief. Colvin, J. (2006). Earn college credit for what you know, 4th ed. CAEL and Kendall-Hunt. Fiddler, M., Marienau, C. and Whitaker, U. (2006). Assessing learning: Standards, principles and procedures, 2nd ed. CAEL and Kendall-Hunt. Resources (2) Hart, D.M. and Hickerson, J.H. (2008). Prior learning portfolios: A representative collection. CAEL and Kendall-Hunt Lederman, D. (2010). The ‘prior learning’ edge. Inside Higher Education. Retrieved from: http://www.insidehighered.com. Wertheim, J. (2012). Faculty assessors’ workbook. CAEL.