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David Walker: How You Know It

David Walker, an Interdisciplinary Studies major with concentrations in Cultural Studies and Text: Image, earned 36 credits through the Prior Learning Assessment program. With a solid background in writing, PLA was a comfortable fit for David, yet he says it was a challenging one. With rich personal and professional experiences, David wrote for the following topics: Film Genre Effective […]

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Donna Gentry: Deepening Existing Knowledge

Donna Gentry, a Communications major, completed her Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio, earning 36 credits for college-level knowledge that she gained through her professional and personal experiences. She wrote for the following courses that focused on her major and greatly enhanced her professional work in teaching adults and designing corporate trainings: CCM 320 Public Presentations CCM 321 Small Group Communication […]

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Jennifer Goff-Hawkins: The Power of Peer Review

Jennifer Goff-Hawkins, a Business and Leadership major at Marylhurst University, recently earned 30 credits through Prior Learning Assessment. She submitted  PLA essays for topics that represented her learning from her personal and professional experiences: Listening Small Group Communication Leadership Communication Health Information Management Conflict Management Organizational Communication Nonverbal Communication Great Meetings Strategic Listening for the Workplace In her final […]

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Jodie Johnson: Balancing Prior and New Learning

Congratulations to Jodie Johnson, an Interdisciplinary Studies major with concentrations in Religious Studies and Human Studies, who recently completed her Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio. Jodie earned 33 credits based on knowledge she gained through both her professional and personal experiences! She wrote nine PLA essays on the following topics: Interpersonal Communication Business Ethics Real Estate Practices Solving Communication Problems with Technology […]

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Velda Metelmann: 67 Years of Learning

Velda Metelmann recently completed her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with concentrations in English Literature & Writing and Human Studies, and is now in a graduate program to earn her Masters! Congratulations, Velda! As part of her undergraduate program, Velda earned 25 credits for the following courses through Prior Learning Assessment: Effective Listening Public Presentations Human Emotion Publications […]

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Greg Carradine: He Learned A Lot In High School (Working There!)

Greg Carradine, a Human Communication major, recently completed his 32-credit Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio — Congratulations, Greg! Greg used his personal experiences as well as those from his professional life as a high school teacher and athletic coach to demonstrate his college-level competency for these courses: Effective Listening Small Group Communication Conflict Management Nonverbal Communication Planning & Facilitating Difficult […]

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Carleen Walsh: Credit for Diverse Knowledge

Carleen Walsh, an Interdisciplinary Studies major with concentrations in Early Childhood Education, Psychology, and Literature, recently completed her Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio, earning 45 credits for knowledge she gained through her professional and personal experiences – that’s the maximum number of PLA credits a Marylhurst student can earn!  Here is a list of the courses Carleen wrote for: Introduction […]

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Stephanie Lillegard: Learning a New Way to Learn

In May 2011. Stephanie Lillegard completed her 30-credit Prior Learning Assessment portfolio. For Stephanie, it was a journey of learning. Stephanie is an Interdisciplinary Studies major with concentrations in Human Sciences and English, Literature, and Writing. She wrote PLA essays on the following topics: ED 109: Library Procedures ED 114: Reference Materials CCM 325: Communication of Self-Esteem […]

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Victoria Hurlock: Establishing a Rhythm

Victoria Hurlock recently completed her PLA Portfolio with 27 credits. Victoria’s major is Communication, and the topics she wrote for were: CCM 321 Small Group Communication CCM 323 Effective Listening CCM 325 Communication of Self-Esteem CCM 337 Gender and Communication CCM 346 Conflict Management COL 340 Organizational Communication COL 426 Team Building MSD 130 Creative Problem-Solving RE 100 […]

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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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