Although there is still a great deal of faculty resistance to PLA, in general it is not an easy or ‘soft’ route to earning credit. Done properly, it is not cheap, either, requiring a good deal of time investment from both students preparing their portfolios, and from faculty who assess it. This is one of several reasons why faculty need to be involved in developing and applying standards for PLA. PLA is not a panacea, but it is important that in a world of lifelong learning, there are effective means of accepting appropriate prior learning. All publicly funded post-secondary institutions should have such policies in place.
Via Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.