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Idaho State University

Prior Learning Assessment

Credit for Prior Experiential Learning (CPEL): Portfolio Method

Students may use portfolios to document mastery of learning outcomes through work, volunteer, or other experiences. 


How Do I Complete a Portfolio?

Interested students must read the Policy, Procedure, and Application Information found on this page, and contact the PLA Coordinator for their college (listed below) to determine if this is a good option for them. The Coordinator will work with the student to submit a PLA Petition to secure permission from the academic department to assemble and submit an PLA Portfolio, in which the student will thoroughly describe and document knowledge gained experientially and also demonstrate how knowledge gained outside the classroom is related to their college-level learning.


Who Assesses My Portfolio?

The academic department in which credit is being requested assesses the portfolio and makes credit recommendations to the department chair and dean of their college.


Who is Eligible to Apply for ELA?

Available for currently enrolled undergraduate students only. ELA credit is available only for those academic subjects offered at Idaho State University.


What are the ELA deadlines?

Deadlines for the 2019-2020 academic year are:


Fall Semester

ELA Petition: September 6, 2019

ELA Portfolio: November 8, 2019


Spring Semester

ELA Petition: January 24, 2020

ELA Portfolio: March 27, 2020


For More Information Contact the ELA Student Opportunity Development Coordinators

Amber Greening

Lead Coordinator (College of Arts and Letters and College of Technology)

(208) 282-1328


Sariah Millis

Coordinator (College of Business and Kasiska Division of Health Sciences)

(208) 282-1369