Prior Learning Assessment

Experience That Counts

Sacred Heart has a generous transfer policy so the college courses you've already taken will be evaluated for transfer credit.

Transfer of credits for college-level courses taken at other institutions

You might also receive credit for what you’ve learned on the job and in life. For this process of Prior Learning Assessment, Sacred Heart University has partnered with a Connecticut state college so our students will benefit from a long-standing PLA program from which SHU accepts transfer credits.

The process includes enrolling in a portfolio course that is designed to help students analyze their experience, relate it to specific college courses, determine what the learning objectives and/or topics covered in the course would be, and choose appropriate supporting documentation.  It guides the students through the process of constructing a resume, identifying areas where you have college level knowledge, writing a biographical overview of your relevant background, analyzing course knowledge components, and completing a narrative essay that will do the following:

  • Describe what you know
  • Relate that knowledge to every course knowledge component that you have identified
  • Specify when, where and how you acquired that knowledge
  • Present each piece of supporting documentation and describe how it supports your claim to knowledge

A portfolio(s) is then submitted for evaluation. Credits earned can then be transferred to SHU. 

For more information on the PLA process, contact Ellen Kovar kovare@sacredheart.edu 203-396-8073.