Policy & Collaboration

Credit for Prior Learning

Many Oregon institutions offer Credit for Prior Learning as a way to obtain credit for evidence-based assessment of learning that occurs outside of traditional college-level coursework. House Bill 4059 (2012) defines prior learning as “the knowledge and skills gained through work and life experience, through military training and experience and through formal and informal education and training from institutions of higher education in the United States and in other nations.”

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission convenes an Advisory Committee to address and report to the Oregon Legislative Assembly annually on its progress toward:

  • Increasing the number of students who receive academic credit for prior learning
  • Increasing the number and type of academic credits accepted for prior learning
  • Developing transparent policies and practices
  • Improving prior learning assessment practices
  • Creating tools to develop faculty and staff knowledge
  • Developing articulation agreements
  • Developing outcome measures

Oregon’s unique statute requires the Commission to work not only with public universities and community colleges, but also independent for-profit and not-for-profit institutions of higher education.

Credit for Prior Learning standards

In 2017 the Advisory Committee ​ and Commission formally adopted the Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) Stand​ards to be implemented by any Oregon institution offering CPL. The Standards, first adopted in 2014 and updated in 2017, require Oregon institutions to submit data to the Commission annually on the types and number of CPL offered. A summary of changes made in 2017​ is available here.

Annual Legislative Reports

Since 2012, the HECC has reported annually to the Oregon Legislature as required on Credit for Prior Learning, and the annual reports are available on our website here.​

​HECC Credit for Prior Learning Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee generally holds monthly public meetings:

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For additional information contact Anthony Medina​, Academic and Student Affairs Policy Specialist.​​