Indiana Model Credit for Prior Learning Policy Guidance

Last Updated: 03/24/2024

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Overview

In March 2024, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education launched the Indiana Model Credit for Prior Learning Policy Guidance, a first-time statewide policy guidance for credit for prior learning. The guidance document was developed in partnership with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and working groups comprised of postsecondary, workforce development, and community partners. The Commission is highlighting credit for prior learning as an opportunity for adults to advance their education and training beyond high school. More than 2 million adults in Indiana have not completed a postsecondary credential.

The policy guidance includes a value statement for credit for prior learning (CPL) and supports consistency in the many components of credit for prior learning:

CAEL offers a 75-minute CPL Fundamentals and Benefits webinar aimed at key stakeholders to create buy-in to the concepts surrounding CPL. The webinar (developed in 2023) includes an overview of what CPL is / is not, the most recent research on the benefits of CPL, and why CPL provides value to students and institutions.

The working groups are also supporting data collection guidelines and a new CPL Clearinghouse concept. The Credit for Prior Learning (Cpl) Clearinghouse offers a range of resources:

Background

CAEL research has found that learners who earn CPL are much more likely to graduate and take an average of 17.6 more course credits at the institution, so this approach is a win-win for both learners and institutions.

Resources

Indiana website: https://www.in.gov/che/adult-strategy/credit-for-prior-learning/

Statewide policy guidance for credit for prior learning

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