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Project #92

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

The ultimate goal of the Giving Credit Where Credit is Due project was to build on past efforts and create a rigorous, reliable, and flexible framework for recognizing, measuring, and awarding credit for prior learning experiences (CPL), while upholding the quality and value of a PSU degree.


  • Built a flexible, faculty-led, academically and fiscally sound individualized approach for prior learning assessment (PLA), competency based learning, and concurrent learning assessment (CLA) for Portland State University.
  • Worked with Faculty Senate on approval of policies related to PLA, competency based learning assessment, and CLA.
  • Provided CLO/CPL training and worked with faculty in six departments to adapt 18 existing courses to offer for CPL in FY16. 
  • Provided a framework for clearly defining and assessing campus-wide sustainability learning outcomes. .
  • Created a program that allows students to earn an undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability in their field of interest - submitted program request to College of Liberal Arts & Sciences departmental curriculum committee for review, which initiated the Faculty Senate approval process; secured an academic home for the Certificate in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • Participated in the Credit for Prior Learning pilot led by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission through June 2015. 


Portland State University recognizes that adults entering or returning to college bring with them a wide variety of prior learning experiences. Having a robust credit for prior learning (CPL) program at PSU will recognize and honor the value of these alternative forms of learning and provide students with new options for earning undergraduate credit through the demonstration of knowledge gained through non-college experiences. A robust CPL program has the potential to be a promising recruitment tool for Portland State University, especially in attracting non-resident and non-traditional student populations. CPL has been recognized for improving retention rates and reducing time to graduation. 

The Provost’s Challenge #92 team worked with students and faculty campus-wide to design a CPL program that is responsive to student and faculty needs. Our goal from the beginning of the project has been to promote inclusiveness, so that all voices would be heard and all concerns addressed in the preliminary design phase. Involving Faculty Senate early in the process was a key to project success, as was the broader, state-wide conversation made possible by project team participation in the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) Credit for Prior Learning Pilot Program. 

The Credit for Prior Learning program at PSU can be easily expanded as more courses become available for CPL and the number of students choosing this option increases.  For Fall 2015, we will offer a CPL option for eighteen courses in six different departments. For details, please see the Credit for Prior Learning website.



For more information, please see the project End-of-Project Report, Project Artifacts and Final Expenditure Report.


  • Shelly Chabon - Vice Provost for Academic Personnel and Leadership Development, Office of Academic Affairs


  • Shelly Chabon - Vice Provost for Academic Personnel and Leadership Development, Office of Academic Affair
  • Cornelia Coleman - English, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Hans VanDerSchaaf - Provost’s Challenge Senior Project Manager, Office of Academic Affair
  • Cindy Baccar - Registrar, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
  • Pete Collier - Professor Emeritus, Sociology, College of Liberal Arts & Science
  • Annabelle Dolidon - Associate Professor of French, World Languages and Literatures, College of Liberal Arts & Science
  • Veronica Dujon - Associate Dean of Humanities, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Lisa Hatfield - Director, Learning Center, Office of Academic Affairs
  • Mark Jones - Professor, Computer Science, Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science
  • Nike Arnold - Associate Professor, Applied Linguistics, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Jennifer Allen - Director, Institute for Sustainable Solutions
  • Beth Lloyd-Pool - Program Manager, Institute for Sustainable Solutions
  • Jeffrey Robinson - Associate Professor, Communication, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences



    Project Management Plan

    Project Plan

    Status Reports

    Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

    Original Proposal

    Implementation & Sustainability Plan

    Faculty Training Video