Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) is a process that the Northwest International University uses to offer adult learners an opportunity to have their experiential learning assessed for potential credit. PLAR can ease the entry or return of adult learners to formal learning by providing them with opportunities to articulate and verify what they know and can do against the standards required by specific university-level courses and programs. “Challenge credits” are awarded to these students so that they do not need to take courses for which they have demonstrated knowledge and skills. For adult learners who bring prior learning with them to the University, PLAR can reduce the time that it takes to earn a degree.
You may have mastered knowledge and skills equivalent to the standards of particular university-level courses through work experience, independent study, seminars and workshops, community activities and non-degree courses. It is important to understand that credit for prior learning is awarded based on verified knowledge and skills, not just on experience.
Prior Learning Assessment Recognition is not appropriate for all university-level classes. The decision about whether to allow a challenge credit for any course is entirely a department-level decision based on the best interests of their students and departmental resources.
PLAR is only available to students who have been admitted to the Northwest International University.