Barriers to the optimal use of Prior Learning Assessment: An institutional evaluation of perceptions of credit for prior...

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  • Author(s):
    • Harriger, Carolyn
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    United States of America
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  • Keywords:
    qualitative, Perceptions, students, administrators, faculty, barriers


The purpose of this research was to determine if barriers to the full acceptance of credit for prior learning assessment at State University campus exist. This was accomplished through examination of the perspectives of faculty, students, and administrators. Lengthy interviews were conducted concerning beliefs about: (1) the meaning of a college education, (2) the status of adult students at State University, (3) the concpet of prior learning assessment, and (4) the Credit for Prior Learning program. A comparison was then made to identify differences in perspectives among the three groups. As a result of the discrepancies following data analysis, eight barriers to full use of this program were identified. Recommendations were made for specific actions that would remove each barrier and thereby encourage optimal future use of the Credit for Prior Learning program. Need for a theoretical basis that could be used to assist faculty to accept the program was also noted for future research. [Description adapted from author's abstract].

This document is not available in full text format in this database. Thesis completed at Columbia University Teachers College.