Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) refers to a process used by postsecondary institutions to award academic credit for a student's knowledge and expertise acquired through life and professional experience, as long as the student's knowledge and skills are determined to be equivalent to college-level learning.  CPL helps students accelerate completion of their degrees as evidenced by research from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). These studies suggest students who earn CPL demonstrate higher graduation rates, better persistence and shorter time to degree.


Kansas Credit for Prior Learning Guidelines - November 2022 (pdf)

The Kansas Credit for Prior Learning Task Force has developed guidelines to ensure consistent practices and quality standards are used across institutions. CPL awards credit for college-level equivalent knowledge and skills and includes credit evidenced by national standardized exams, military training transcripts, industry credentials, portfolios, and other methods.


Resources - Kansas 

Resources - National Experts

Resources - State and Institutional Initiatives