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The goal of this electronic publication is to help anchor prior learning assessment (PLA) work as central to our thinking about teaching and learning, to support and recognize scholarly work in the field of prior learning assessment, to provoke new ideas and experiences in PLA practices, to provide a central repository for PLA-relevant resources, and to place our PLA work in an historical context.

Prior learning assessment is known throughout the world by many different names: Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Assessment of Prior Learning (APL), Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL), Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), and Prior Learning Assessment and Articulation (PLAA), to name a few. The goal of PLAIO is to address all forms of recognizing, articulating and assessing prior college-level learning, regardless of its name or its country of origin.

Nan Travers, Director of Collegewide Academic Review
Alan Mandell, College Professor of Adult Learning and Mentoring
Associate Editor:
Karen LaBarge, Senior Staff Assistant for Faculty Development
SUNY Empire State College