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PLA: A Labor of Love for Sue Kloster

Sue Kloster, a Communication Studies major with a concentration in Training & Development, completed her PLA Portfolio at Marylhurst University over a five-year span, earning a total of 30 credits! With Sue’s rich work experience, she was able to challenge courses in her major on topics that she already uses on a daily basis and […]


Prior learning + transfer credits = not starting from scratch

One of my students, Angela Murphy, in spring term’s LRN 150 Learning Assessment Workshop, openly shared her apprehensions about coming back to college. As she considered what she’d need to do to complete her undergraduate degree, she worried that her previous college credits wouldn’t be accepted, and whether she’d be able to manage the course


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Ken Schultz: a life-changing experience with the support of faculty and peers

Ken Schultz, an English Literature & Writing major with a concentration in Text:Image at Marylhurst University, recently completed a 25-credit portfolio through Prior Learning Assessment  — CONGRATULATIONS, Ken! Listening Public Speaking Metamorphosis: The process of change within human cultures and individuals Acting for the Camera Advanced Screen Writing Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Filmmaking Digital Video […]


Catherine Hooper: Learning to Dream Again

Catherine Hooper, an Organizational Communications major at Marylhurst University, recently finished her 9-credit PLA Portfolio for the following topics: COL 427 Great Meetings: Planning and Facilitating Difficult Group Discussion CCM 321 Small Group Communication COL 426 Team Building: Managing Work Groups In her Final Portfolio Reflection essay, Catherine wrote: The PLA program was especially valuable to me […]

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Debra Giannini: Ready for What’s Next

Debra Giannini just completed her 15-credit Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio. Debra is an Interdisciplinary Studies major with concentrations in Psychology and Expressive Therapies. The topics she wrote for are: BIO 165 – Alternatives in Health and Healing BIO 167 – Nutritional Science CHS 354 – Environment, Culture, and Food CCM 342 – Rhythm-Based Communication SPP 371 – Communicating the Sacred through […]