Credit for Prior Learning

Across the nation and our state, many adults have advanced skills and knowledge, but lack postsecondary credentials. In our state alone, there are over 700,000 working-age adults (ages 25-64) lacking a degree or certificate with workplace value. Simultaneously, employers are increasingly in need of employees with higher education. By 2020, experts project that over 71 percent of Kansas jobs will require some form of postsecondary credential. 

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) helps students accelerate completion of their degrees as evidenced by research from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). These studies suggest students who earn CPL demonstrate higher graduation rates, better persistence and shorter time to degree, and so Kansas institutions are examining their standards and practice around Credit for Prior Learning.

The Kansas Credit for Prior Learning Steering Committee has developed a guidebook to ensure consistent practices and quality standards are used across institutions. CPL awards credit for college-level equivalent knowledge and skills and includes credit evidenced by national standardized exams, military training transcripts, industry credentials, portfolios, and other methods.

IMAGE-LINK CPLmanual Kansas Credit for Prior Learning Guidebook (updated April 2016) (pdf)



Resources - Kansas 

On July 17, 2015, a statewide conference was held for Kansas higher education continuing education professionals to address Assuring Quality in Online Courses, Student Retention Efforts, Program Development Processes for Credit and Noncredit Programming, Competency-based Education, International Programming at Kansas Schools, Metrics, Recruiting New Students, Community Outreach Programs, and Professional Development and Advancement for Continuing Education Staff.  

Click here to review conference materials.
[Note: to review a given presentation, click on "Schedule" and then on the presenter's name.]


Resources - National Experts


Resources - State and Institutional Initiatives