How can I earn credits to apply to my CLU degree?
CLU students can demonstrate prior learning through a variety of ways including credit from previous courses, work, and/or life experience:
How do I earn PLA?
It’s important to note that you must be an enrolled student at CLU before requesting a PLA. Once enrolled, contact our Student Services Department to schedule a meeting with a PLA mentor, where you’ll talk through the process and ask any specific questions you have. If it is determined that you qualify for the PLA process, you’ll be added to our virtual PLA Lab. You’ll be able to submit your portfolio of evidence supporting your demonstrated learning and complete your PLA modules within this Lab. There is a fee of $500 dollars for the PLA process.
What should be in my PLA portfolio?
Your PLA portfolio should include:
What are learning outcomes?
Each CLU degree has program learning outcomes (PLOs) that our courses are designed to help you achieve. Each course has its own learning outcomes (LOs) that support the overall degree PLOs. You’ll see a detailed list of the LOs for each class and degree in your PLA Lab (our MPA, for example, has 40).
For each learning outcome, you’ll submit a shortwritten narrative describing your experience and why it achieves the learning outcome. You’ll also provide up to three artifacts that show your mastery of the learning outcome.
You don’t have to submit materials for every learning outcome, so feel free to pick the learning outcomes that suit your experience best. However, to earn credit for the course, you have to prove that your experience covers at least 80% of its learning outcomes.
What counts as an artifact?
Many things can count as artifacts, including:
A complete and specific list of acceptable artifacts will be provided to you by your mentor should you choose to move through the PLA process.
Keep in mind that providing an artifact proving you had an experience is not enough to demonstrate that you’ve achieved mastery of a learning outcome. A good artifact must show a clear picture of what you’ve learned and/or how you used that knowledge.
How much time will my PLA take?
We give current students 8 weeks (one term) to complete the PLA Lab which allows you to gather materials at your own pace. We recommend that you treat your PLA Lab the same way you would any other class. In other words, do the work slowly over time and don’t try to cram everything in at the end.
After our students submit their PLA Lab materials, a PLA screening committee and PLA decision committee will meet to assess their work. Once the committees reach a decision, they’ll send the information back to students through their PLA mentor.
Your life experiences have value at CLU
At CLU, we allow our students to earn up to 75% of their degrees with credits from prior learning. It’s one more way we’re making our socially conscious master’s programs affordable and accessible for as many leaders as possible. Learn more about our master’s degrees here.