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How To Earn Undergraduate PLA Credit for Portfolios


  1. Successfully (“C” or better) complete IDS 102 - Prior Learning Portfolio Development.
  2. Discuss course challenge applicability to your degree plan with your academic advisor.
  3. Submit your completed Portfolio Proposal Form via email to the PLA Office at
  4. Submit your portfolio with attachments via email to the PLA Office at
  5. Pay assessment fee if applicable.


  • Review the current information about the Portfolio Program and discuss with your academic advisor. 
  • Review the current policy information in the online catalog and pay special attention to the Academic Policies and Regulations, Sources of Credit, and Portfolio Assessment sections. 
  • Log in to the Acorn student portal to access the current forms. 
  • Portfolios must be submitted electronically via email attachment to the PLA Office at and are not returned. 
  • The assessment fee, if any, is posted to your account when the portfolio is forwarded to the faculty assessor. 
  • The first portfolio assessment is included with the IDS102 course fee if the portfolio is submitted to PLA Office for assessment within 30 days of the end of the IDS102 class. 
  • Assessment fees are required for additional portfolios and must be paid for the assessment to begin; current fee information is posted in the online catalog
  • Portfolio assessment takes 2-3 months or more, depending upon faculty assessor availability and whether more information is requested. 
  • Faculty assessors are assigned after receipt and administrative review of portfolios by the PLA Office; they are encouraged to complete their assessments within 30 days of receipt of all portfolio review materials, including any additional information if requested and received. 
  • You must respond within 30 days to any request for more information or the assessment process will end, with the final results based upon the last submission. 
  • Submit your portfolio electronically as a pdf or MS Word attachment from your Charter Oak email. Include your name and the course being challenged in the document name. If your documentary evidence must be submitted separately, name each document similarly and include a numeral at the beginning of each document name to order them appropriately.  
  • Credit will be posted to your transcript within 10-15 business days after any credit award. 
  • All communications and results will be sent to your Charter Oak email. 

Portfolio Contents

  1. Fully completed PLA Undergraduate Portfolio Cover Sheet (from Acorn) with course information. 
  2. Fully completed PLA Undergraduate Portfolio Summary Sheet (from Acorn) listing each course learning outcome with the corresponding learning experiences and documentary evidence. 
  3. Introduction describing in general how your experience has provided you with the opportunities to learn the course material.
  4. Narrative demonstrating how your knowledge is equivalent to each course topic / learning outcome and linking each piece of documentary evidence.
  5. Resume.
  6. Fully completed Documentary Evidence List (from Acorn).
  7. Documentary evidence supporting your claim of having achieved the course learning outcomes.