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  • PLA through Learningcounts.org to TESC

    I know it's expensive, but has anybody recently done the PLA through learningcounts.org and applied it to either of the Big 3? I'm considering challenging several credits through the PLA program and was just curious about it's recent applicability. Thanks!
    B.S. - COSC (December, 2013)
    20-Community College Courses (2004-2006)
    80-Semester Hours at Western Governors University (2010-2012)
    15-Charter Oak State College (2013)
    12-CLEP
    3-DSST
    6-FEMA
    If I can do it, ANYONE can do it!

  • #2
    I am wondering the same thing .How many portfolios do students submit to TESC ?

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    • #3
      That is a great question.... I'm wondering the same thing.

      I messaged LearningCounts but never heard back.

      Any student/alum at TESC know?

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      • #4
        I haven't done any PLAs through Learningcounts but I have completed 2 PLAs at TESC and am working on a third now. It's really not that bad. Just pick a PLA through TESC's PLA database found here Thomas Edison State College: Course Offerings. Don't pick a topic you know nothing about, the point here is to get college credit for what you already know. For example, I've been in the process of writing a fiction novel for a few years, so I picked the Advanced Fiction Writing and Science Fiction PLAs. Wrote my papers (28 pages for the Adv. Fiction Writing and 15 pages in the Science Fiction) in each and attached samples of my writing as proof. I passed both PLAs. If you have any questions on what you can take, read over the PLA section on TESC's website Thomas Edison State College: PLA Self-Assessment Guide or call the TESC PLA staff. I found them to be very helpful in trying to determine if a PLA was right for me or not. Their phone number is at the bottom of the self assessment guide webpage.

        Good luck!

        Amy
        Thomas Edison State College
        AAS - Environmental, Safety, and Security Technologies (done! Graduating in December 2012!)
        BA - English (done! Graduating in June 2013!)

        ALEKS:
        Int. Algebra - 70, College Algebra - 80
        CLEP:
        College Comp - 55, A&I Lit - 74, English Lit - 57, American Lit - 62, Humanities - 58, Social Sciences & History - 66,
        Info Sys & Comp Applications - 70, Intro. Psych - 60, Human Growth & Development - 55, Biology - 56
        DSST:
        Race to Save the Planet - 66, Intro. to World Religions - 462, Rise & Fall of the Soviet Union - 56
        FEMA:
        21 credits - done!
        Hallelujah I'm done all the tests I had to take! Thank you IC!

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        • #5
          Actually, it doesn't sound expensive at all. To start, if you choose the self-paced option, you can earn up to 12 credits for $379. After that, you can submit additional portfolios worth up to 12 credits for $250. The way they make it sound, if a faculty member approves your PLA, you automatically get the credit transcribed by ACE. So, even though LearningCounts doesn't have a list of courses that are pre-approved by ACE, all of your approved portfolios will come with ACE recommendations. LearningCounts.org was created by ACE, The College Board, and CAEL. If these portfolios automatically come with ACE recommendations, this would be a much cheaper way of doing PLAs at TESC. TESC charges over $200 per credit for its own PLA courses.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...&v=zFumafPnDiU

          I'm going to send them an email or give them a call for clarification.
          TxState - PhD CJ (ABD)
          Angelo - Master of Security Studies (finished in 14 months and under $11k) & Grad Cert Terrorism
          TESC - BA Soc Sci, AAS ESST, ASNSM in Bio, BSBA CIS (in progress)
          Free study aids: Learner.org, Allpsych.com, Learnerstv.com, Saylor, & KhanAcademy.
          CLEP
          Intro Psych 70, US Hist I 64, Intro Soc 63, Intro Edu Psych 70, A&I Lit 64, Bio 68, Prin Man 69, Prin Mark 68
          DSST
          Life Dev Psych 62, Fund Coun 68, Intro Comp 469, Intro Astr 56, Env & Hum 70, HTYH 456, MIS 451, Prin Sup 453, HRM 62, Bus Eth 458
          ALEKS
          Int Alg, College Alg
          FEMA
          5 credits, PDS
          TEEX
          4 credits
          TECEP
          Federal Income Taxation, Science of Nutrition, Microeconomics, Strategic Management, Medical Terminology
          CSU Global CBE
          Sys Analysis and Design
          Straighterline
          Intro to Comm, Microbiology
          Uexcel
          A&P

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          • #6
            Originally posted by af2012 View Post
            I haven't done any PLAs through Learningcounts but I have completed 2 PLAs at TESC and am working on a third now. It's really not that bad. Just pick a PLA through TESC's PLA database found here Thomas Edison State College: Course Offerings. Don't pick a topic you know nothing about, the point here is to get college credit for what you already know. For example, I've been in the process of writing a fiction novel for a few years, so I picked the Advanced Fiction Writing and Science Fiction PLAs. Wrote my papers (28 pages for the Adv. Fiction Writing and 15 pages in the Science Fiction) in each and attached samples of my writing as proof. I passed both PLAs. If you have any questions on what you can take, read over the PLA section on TESC's website Thomas Edison State College: PLA Self-Assessment Guide or call the TESC PLA staff. I found them to be very helpful in trying to determine if a PLA was right for me or not. Their phone number is at the bottom of the self assessment guide webpage.

            Good luck!

            Amy
            See that's the point .A lot of credits for less money . But if you do multiple portfolios , you have to choose a different topic right ? Do the big 3 accept those accredited credits from learningcounts ?

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            • #7
              LearningCounts.org said that their credit recommendations automatically go on an ACE transcript. This is awesome! This is a lot cheaper than going through TESC's PLA process. Since the credit recommendations are on an ACE transcript, it's almost a guarantee that the Big 3 will accept them if the credit recommendations line up with courses they give credit for. If you can max out on 12 credits for each PLA, then this would be cheaper than taking CBEs.
              TxState - PhD CJ (ABD)
              Angelo - Master of Security Studies (finished in 14 months and under $11k) & Grad Cert Terrorism
              TESC - BA Soc Sci, AAS ESST, ASNSM in Bio, BSBA CIS (in progress)
              Free study aids: Learner.org, Allpsych.com, Learnerstv.com, Saylor, & KhanAcademy.
              CLEP
              Intro Psych 70, US Hist I 64, Intro Soc 63, Intro Edu Psych 70, A&I Lit 64, Bio 68, Prin Man 69, Prin Mark 68
              DSST
              Life Dev Psych 62, Fund Coun 68, Intro Comp 469, Intro Astr 56, Env & Hum 70, HTYH 456, MIS 451, Prin Sup 453, HRM 62, Bus Eth 458
              ALEKS
              Int Alg, College Alg
              FEMA
              5 credits, PDS
              TEEX
              4 credits
              TECEP
              Federal Income Taxation, Science of Nutrition, Microeconomics, Strategic Management, Medical Terminology
              CSU Global CBE
              Sys Analysis and Design
              Straighterline
              Intro to Comm, Microbiology
              Uexcel
              A&P

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              • #8
                Originally posted by kellen1 View Post
                See that's the point .A lot of credits for less money . But if you do multiple portfolios , you have to choose a different topic right ? Do the big 3 accept those accredited credits from learningcounts ?
                Nope! LearningCounts does not make restrictions on that. You can submit as many portfolios as you like in one area of study.

                Excelsior and TESC are listed as Partner Universities. In fact, Excelsior's PLA evaluation is done through LearningCounts.

                Prior Learning Assessment - excelsior.edu

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                • #9
                  I did it about 18 months ago with learning counts. I worked well for me. I did get a scholarship based on need from them so it didn't cost me anything. I went through their program and wrote portfolios for 3 classes so ended up with 9 credits. I'll be glad to answer any questions. canteyhunter@gmail.com
                  TESU: BA and AA, Liberal Studies, History concentration, 2011

                  Regents College (Excelsior): AS, Liberal Studies, 2000

                  Trident Technical College: Certified Medical Assistant, Certified Nursing Assistant, EKG Technician, 1994-1996

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                  • #10
                    What are the expectations for the portfolios? I can't find an example anywhere. I can't even find online reviews outside of the video ones posted on Learning Counts' YouTube channel.
                    TxState - PhD CJ (ABD)
                    Angelo - Master of Security Studies (finished in 14 months and under $11k) & Grad Cert Terrorism
                    TESC - BA Soc Sci, AAS ESST, ASNSM in Bio, BSBA CIS (in progress)
                    Free study aids: Learner.org, Allpsych.com, Learnerstv.com, Saylor, & KhanAcademy.
                    CLEP
                    Intro Psych 70, US Hist I 64, Intro Soc 63, Intro Edu Psych 70, A&I Lit 64, Bio 68, Prin Man 69, Prin Mark 68
                    DSST
                    Life Dev Psych 62, Fund Coun 68, Intro Comp 469, Intro Astr 56, Env & Hum 70, HTYH 456, MIS 451, Prin Sup 453, HRM 62, Bus Eth 458
                    ALEKS
                    Int Alg, College Alg
                    FEMA
                    5 credits, PDS
                    TEEX
                    4 credits
                    TECEP
                    Federal Income Taxation, Science of Nutrition, Microeconomics, Strategic Management, Medical Terminology
                    CSU Global CBE
                    Sys Analysis and Design
                    Straighterline
                    Intro to Comm, Microbiology
                    Uexcel
                    A&P

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                    • #11
                      I've added this to Degree Forum Wiki.

                      Sources of Credit - Degree Forum Wiki
                      BA in History, TESC, Graduated September 2010
                      MA in History, American Public University, currently pursuing
                      Virginia teaching license, currently pursuing

                      Check out Degree Forum Wiki for more information on putting together your own degree plan!

                      My BA History degree plan.

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                      • #12
                        Response from learningcounts.org

                        I wrote them last night and this is the response I saw this morning. Not sure if this is well known or not but I figured for the other newbies like me, they might like the info.
                        _____________________________________


                        Hi Kris. I've tried to answer your questions below:

                        First can a portfolio be used for upper level credit?
                        - LearningCounts Portfolios can be for level 100/1000-400/4000 courses, undergraduate only.

                        Second what determines how many credits are earned?
                        - Your college and degree plan determine how many credits can be earned through portfolio assessment. While LearningCounts has no limit to the number of portfolios you can build (each portfolio in a single subject area, up to 12 credits, usually 4 courses each), your college has a policy as to how many transfer credits and prior learning assessment (PLA) credits they will accept. You should speak to your college adviser about their policy.

                        Any other questions, please let us know!
                        _____________________________________

                        My understanding of the response is that each portfolio can cover up to 4 sub areas under a given subject which gets the portfolio to 12 credits while each sub area is worth 3. Would it then follow that to make an entire portfolio one would have to write 4 papers to reach the 12 credit award? I'm all for paying $300 for 12 credits, not just for 3 per portfolio.

                        Obviously this helps tremendously for me getting upper level credit - I was going to try going through SL but something about them is bugging me - can't explain it, just a funny feeling. Besides, I'm extremely confident in my writing abilities and not worried about that much writing. My next questions for learningcounts.org will regard need based assistance. I'm also going to attempt to contact someone about how these transfer in at TESC which is where I plan to go for my degree.

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                        • #13
                          Does Thomas Edison still accept PLA's from Learning Counts? I don't see them listed on the LC website??

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                          • #14
                            They're still on there under New Jersey.
                            LearningCounts | Affiliated Universities

                            TESC will take any NCCRS or ACE approved credit as long as the course meets their requirements.
                            TxState - PhD CJ (ABD)
                            Angelo - Master of Security Studies (finished in 14 months and under $11k) & Grad Cert Terrorism
                            TESC - BA Soc Sci, AAS ESST, ASNSM in Bio, BSBA CIS (in progress)
                            Free study aids: Learner.org, Allpsych.com, Learnerstv.com, Saylor, & KhanAcademy.
                            CLEP
                            Intro Psych 70, US Hist I 64, Intro Soc 63, Intro Edu Psych 70, A&I Lit 64, Bio 68, Prin Man 69, Prin Mark 68
                            DSST
                            Life Dev Psych 62, Fund Coun 68, Intro Comp 469, Intro Astr 56, Env & Hum 70, HTYH 456, MIS 451, Prin Sup 453, HRM 62, Bus Eth 458
                            ALEKS
                            Int Alg, College Alg
                            FEMA
                            5 credits, PDS
                            TEEX
                            4 credits
                            TECEP
                            Federal Income Taxation, Science of Nutrition, Microeconomics, Strategic Management, Medical Terminology
                            CSU Global CBE
                            Sys Analysis and Design
                            Straighterline
                            Intro to Comm, Microbiology
                            Uexcel
                            A&P

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                            • #15
                              Did you get this from someone at Learning Counts? Thier website: LearningCounts | Affiliated Universities says they use National College Credit Recommendation Service, NCCRS.

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