Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) Taskforce - Advisory

A. Charge

  1.  Review data collected and reports developed through the Next Chapter Grant on Serving Adult Learners through Prior Learning Assessment at WSU.
  2. Review best practices established by the Council on Adult & Experiential Learning (CAEL), other MnSCU institutions and other non-MnSCU schools.
  3.  Review existing WSU policies, practices, procedures as they relate to credit for prior learning and make recommendations for modifications. This may include:

                    a. Establishing clearly defined roles and responsibilities related to CPL throughout the institution
                    b. Reviewing costs and recommending fees and processes related to the various forms of credit for 
                        prior learning
                    c. Developing rubrics for assessing prior learning that can be adopted by faculty and departments
                        throughout the university
                    d. Determining best approach for preparing students for portfolio development including exploring a
                        course on portfolio development
                    e. Developing a handbook for students, faculty and staff on credit for prior learning
                    f.  Determining what information on credit for prior learning should be centralized on a website and
                        what information should be housed on academic department websites.
                    g. Identifying CPL coding issues on student transcripts and DARS 
                    h. Explore how CPL can contribute to program requirements and degree completion

B. Produce a written summary report with recommendations. 
C. Co-Chairs:  1 selected by administration; 1 selected by committee
D. Term of membership: 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years
E. Administrative co-chair will call the first meeting
F. Experience and/or training in prior learning assessment preferred
G. Composition: 

  • 3 to 6 IFO
    • Preferred – 1 faculty representative from each college plus Graduate Studies
    • Preferred – 1 faculty representative from WSU-Rochester
  • 3 ASF
    • Required – One ASF from Registrar’s Office
    • Required – One ASF from Admissions Office
    • Preferred – ASF involved with post-traditional students, transfer students, adult learners, and/or graduate students
  • 1 Deans Council
  • Preferred:  
    •  1 COA
    • 1 MAPE
    • 1 AFSCME
  • 2 Ex Officio:  Executive Director of Outreach & Continuing Education; Adult Entry Program Advisor

2014-2015 Membership (In Progress)

  • 3 to 6 IFO
  •  3 ASF
  • 1 Deans Council
  • 1 COA
  • 1 MAPE
  • 1 AFSCME
  • 2 Ex Officio:  Executive Director of Outreach & Continuing Education, Diane Dingfelder; Adult Entry Program Advisor, Jennifer Lamberson.

2013-2014 Membership

  • 3 to 6 IFO
  •  3 ASF
  • 1 Deans Council
  • 1 COA
  • 1 MAPE
  • 1 AFSCME
  • 2 Ex Officio:  Executive Director of Outreach & Continuing Education, Diane Dingfelder; Adult Entry Program Advisor, Jennifer Lamberson.