Prior Learning Assessment
As part of Chatham University’s Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program, Chatham University recognizes that prior learning may provide a knowledge base equivalent to college–level learning outcomes. Learning acquired from employment, job training, independent study, open courseware, volunteer and civic duties, military service and travel are just some examples to contemplate when considering prior learning credit. As such, degree–seeking Gateway and transfer students have an opportunity to be awarded academic credit for post–secondary knowledge gained prior to matriculating at Chatham University. Such credit may be earned through credit by examination or portfolio development, a process that includes written narratives along with documentation detailing how your knowledge meets the learning outcomes of select Chatham courses.
Students applying for portfolio assessment are enrolled in a portfolio development course which guides students through each and every step of the portfolio development process. Accordingly, Gateway and transfer students can potentially earn a maximum of 30 credits towards their educational goals. In addition, fees for credits earned through PLA are charged at a significantly reduced rate relative to Chatham's University undergraduate per–credit tuition rates.