Chatham University

Credit by Portfolio Development

Chatham University Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Program

Prior learning portfolios consist of written narratives along with supporting documentation that demonstrate an undergraduate or graduate student's proficiency in the learning outcomes of targeted Chatham courses. They are intended to assist students in identifying areas of college-level and graduate level learning by utilizing course-specific learning outcomes that correspond to targeted Chatham courses.

The process

A student is enrolled in a portfolio development course during the fall or spring term that guides them through the process. Once the portfolio narratives are complete, faculty members in the appropriate disciplines evaluate the portfolio's ability to articulate the student's learning as it relates to the specific outcomes of each targeted course, typically within 30 days of the narratives' submission. There is no guarantee that credits assessed will result in credits awarded, and there is no partial credit.


Portfolio Development FAQs

How long do I have to complete my portfolio?

The portfolio course is structured so that your portfolio can be completed by the end of the semester.


How to begin the process?

After you have contacted your admissions representative, please use the Prior Learning Assessment Contract (also located at myChatham > Documents and Forms > Academic Advising) to determine and continue with next steps.


How will I be billed for my portfolio credits?

Upon submitting your portfolio for review, billing to your student account will be initiated at the rate of $83 per credit assessed ($249 per 3-credit course). Students are billed at the time credit is assessed.

Fees for credits earned through PLA are charged at a significantly reduced rate relative to program tuition rate.

Please contact your admissions representative with any questions or to explore your eligibility for portfolio development as a means of earning credit.