Presentation on theme: "The PLA Advisor: Negotiation Skills Required!"— Presentation transcript:
1 The PLA Advisor: Negotiation Skills Required! Prof. Janice KarlenandProf. Susan SanchiricoCUNY – LaGuardia Community College
2 SENIOR and GRADUATE COLLEGES HONORS and PROFESSIONAL About CUNYSENIOR and GRADUATE COLLEGESHONORS and PROFESSIONALCOMMUNITY COLLEGESBaruch CollegeBrooklyn CollegeThe City College of New YorkCollege of Staten IslandCUNY Baccalaureate DegreeCUNY Online Baccalaureate DegreeHunter CollegeJohn Jay College of Criminal JusticeLehman CollegeMedgar Evers CollegeNew York City College of TechnologyQueens CollegeYork CollegeCUNY Graduate CenterCUNY Graduate School of JournalismCUNY School of LawCUNY School of Professional StudiesCUNY School of Public HealthMacaulay Honors CollegeBorough of Manhattan Community CollegeBronx Community CollegeKingsborough Community CollegeLaGuardia Community CollegeQueensborough Community College
3 Policy and CUNY General Education Articulation PLA Credit Senior college vs. Community collegeArticulationSpecific programs at specific schoolsPLA CreditCredit varies by program/by collegeVeterans Credit
4 Current CUNY PLA initiatives CUNY – CAEL Grant (Ford Foundation)Bronx Community College / Lehman CollegeLaGuardia Community College / York CollegeCUNY – wide PLAThe Murphy Institute for Worker Education & Labor StudiesCUNY BACity CollegeYork CollegeLaGuardia Community College
5 About LaGuardiaFounded as a Co-op college, experiential learning had been at the core of the academic offerings. While program requirements have changed, the foundation of experiential learning is acknowledged and provides a framework for all forms of PLA –workplace learning, portfolios, internship credit, military experience, etc.The PLA program operates under the auspices of the Office of Academic Affairs. The faculty members who are involved have been designated as “coordinators.”
6 LaGuardia PLA PolicyExemption Credit for credit courses offered at LaGuardia = course matchGranted on basis of an examination or project equivalent to final course requirementEquivalencies are determined by the faculty of the appropriate departmentApproved by the chairpersonTo receive credit by exemption, the student applies to the appropriate chairperson or designee.The maximum number of exemption credits towards a LaGuardia degree is 10These 10 exemption credits may be applied toward LaGuardia’s 30-credit residency requirementThe maximum number of exemption credits towards a LaGuardia certificate is 6Note: Exemption credits are awarded to degree students only
7 PLA at LaGuardiaNational Standardized Tests and Challenge ExaminationsPortfolio Evaluation (including ePortfolio)Foreign Language Placement ExamsRegister and pass third level course and receive 6 credits for first and second level language coursesMilitary Transcripts: AARTS, SMART, Community College of the Air ForDD214 – Honorable Discharge = elective creditsPublished Guides (such as the American Council on Education CREDIT program and the Program for Non-Collegiate Sponsored Instruction [PONSI])
8 The Evaluation and Approval Process Review materials – certificates of completion, military transcripts, corporate training, etc., and determine who would be the appropriate faculty member for portfolio assessment.As a course match institution, any PLA must line up with instructional and performance objectives of existing courses - do not grant partial or blanket credit.For courses within our own departments, we can prepare the paperwork for credit that will be signed by the chairperson. If the course is for another department, we facilitate the process with the chairperson. Military service credit we take directly to the Registrar’s Office for processing.
9 The Evaluation and Approval Process Military transcripts and the online database are utilized to match training to courses at the college. If training/courses do not carry the exact same name or credit hours, the Admissions Office will not process it and students are referred to meet with one of the Credit for Prior Learning coordinators.While the option for portfolio review is available, few students consider this option. Many do not have the experience necessary to document the learning or the writing skills required to complete narratives. As there are limited electives available in community college degrees, their options are often limited.
10 Negotiating Within CUNY Within LaGuardia Differing institutional modelsDiffering levels of commitmentWithin LaGuardiaThe ePortfolio courseThe Business exampleThe Math ExampleThe Science Example
12 PLA Advisors As educators Administration at the college has supported the PLA effort. The coordinators have met with various departments, chairpersons, committees (Academic Standing), and the Senate to provide an overview of PLA.With the knowledge that the program follows the CAEL standards and credit review is based on college-level learning and is course match, there has been agreement that the program is viable and beneficial for students.
13 PLA Advisors As mentors Support the learner to identify what was learnedConduct formal or informal pre-screening for candidates who can demonstrate college level learningAssist in the process of determining the learning that has resulted from experienceAssist learner to match prior learning to academic program and personal goals
14 PLA Advisors As champions Assist learner with resources (samples, guides)Assist learner with strategies to demonstrate balance of theory and applicationAssist learner to prepare demonstration of the learning and experienceEncourage/support learner to continue in the process
15 PLA Advisors As negotiators Facilitate process with faculty content experts who are trained in the assessment practicesAssist with the determination of the level of competency achieved and the credit equivalency as neededProvide supporting documentation and information regarding past practice to assist in credit determinationReinforce the concept of PLA = college level learning