Roosevelt University Announces Program to Help Adult Students Attain Degrees

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Local NewsAdult students who want to start or continue their education at Roosevelt University can take advantage of a new partnership Roosevelt has established with to have prior learning experiences evaluated and certified for credit.

The credits will be directly transferrable and applicable toward the students’ degree. “Many adult students have acquired significant knowledge from their jobs, military training or volunteer service that may lead to college credit,” said Doug Knerr, provost of Roosevelt’s Schaumburg Campus.

LearningCounts offers Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), a process that evaluates an individual’s knowledge and determines if it can be used for college credit. By taking a three-credit, on-line course from LearningCounts, students will learn how to develop a portfolio of their college-level learning experiences developed outside the classroom.

LearningCounts is administered by the Council of Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), a non-profit pioneer in adult education. Roosevelt is one of nine colleges and universities in Illinois which offers credit evaluation through LearningCounts.

“The PLA process provides significantly higher completion rates, as well as more affordable degrees, for the thousands of adults who are just starting their degrees, or who already have some college but still need to finish,” said Chari Leader Kelley, vice president of LearningCounts.

For more information about PLA and Portfolio Development, visit or contact the Office of Admission at Roosevelt University’s campus in Schaumburg at 847-619-7300.

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