How To Set Up a Credit for Prior Learning Program

Published on March 11, 2024

Students often come to your institution from high school, transitioning from one stage of life to another. However, others apply to enroll after they've completed some coursework elsewhere. These students can use their prior learning if your institution has a credit program.

What is credit for prior learning? A credit for prior learning (CPL) program, also called an articulated credit or credit transfer, helps students apply their prior learning to their chosen program at your institution. This way, they receive recognition for the hours put into learning their craft.

Benefits of Setting Up a Credit for Prior Learning Program

When you create a CPL program, you’re supporting student outcomes and your institution’s success. Here are three key benefits.

Attract More Students

One of the most noticeable benefits is a growing student body. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, college enrollment has dropped steadily since 2010, a time at which enrollment was the highest in recorded history.

While some projections show enrollment may see a modest increase, there’s more you can do. By taking a proactive approach with a CPL program, you can attract more students and encourage them to continue learning.

Show the Value of Education

Articulated credits also give students a greater sense of accomplishment and self-worth. Giving students a way to apply their education to their new program framework shows that you value their efforts, no matter where they achieved that learning.

Boost Your Market Position

When you create credit transfer partnerships, you open the doors to greater awareness and branding. Displaying your institution’s name and logo can help you become more recognized for your educational offerings, encouraging not only students but also educators and other professionals to come to you. A strong faculty and varied academic programs can also support a stronger market position.

How To Set Up a Credit for Prior Learning Program

Are you ready to create a prior learning credit program? Here are steps to make the process seamless:

1. Connect With the MedCerts Partner Solutions Team

MedCerts Partner Solutions has been helping their academic partners create CPL programs since 2021. During the initial consultation, you’ll share your goals for the partnership and which programs you want to use. Credit transfers can work with any of MedCerts programs in allied health, information technology and professional development.

2. Review the Courses

Next, MedCerts academic experts work with your team to review chosen programs and ensure coursework and student outcomes align. You can review credit for prior learning examples with the MedCerts team and their academic institution partnerships.

3. Create the Articulation Agreements

The credit for prior learning policy agreements will outline the transfer protocols between each institution. You’ll work together to record which courses apply to your transfer credits and how many credits they earn.

4. Develop Your Marketing Campaigns

Once you’ve created your articulated credit program, it’s time to promote it. You want to ensure that as many potential students as possible see your partnership and the new avenues open to them. MedCerts marketing department can assist you in developing a cobranded marketing strategy and campaigns.

5. Review and Revise

As needed, you may need to revise your credit offerings to align with a changing curriculum. Credit for prior learning best practices always factor in updates as educational needs evolve. MedCerts works with you to update the articulation agreement, ensuring all changes are reflected in the record.

Credit for Prior Learning Leads to Success

Although there are several steps involved, creating a credit for prior learning program shows your commitment to student success. Educational preferences evolve, and course offerings should change alongside.

Our partnerships help you meet market demand and attract students seeking alternative learning pathways. Connect with the Partner Solutions team to learn how we can help you foster a stronger educational environment.

Written by
Robert Hiller
Director of Academic Partnerships

Robert joined MedCerts Partnership team in October 2023 to continue the growth of our network of academic partnerships. He leads a team helping our higher education partners improve their ROI, diversify their offerings and increase their student bodies.

As a driven sales and operations professional, he leverages 10+ years of proven success leading and developing national sales teams to deliver results. Throughout his career, he has deployed solutions that have led to complete turnarounds for industry-leading organizations. He is a cross-functional leader focused on improving processes, reporting, and service delivery to maximize sales and increase retention.

Published on March 11, 2024

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