PLE Document Writing

Winter 2015 quarter

Taught by

creative writing, sustainability, public policy


Successful completion of Writing from Life course and application to the PLE program

Prior Learning from Experience allows people with significant professional and/or community-based experience to kick-start or accelerate a college degree.  Students receive significant support from peers and faculty in learning how to assemble a portfolio that shows the “college equivalent learning” they have gained through professional and/or community-based work.  Students earn credit through a combination of coursework and faculty evaluation of the completed essay.This separate and economical assessment and award of credit for prior learning speeds time to degree.  Students completing a PLE document generally describe the experience as “transformative,” helping them to understand the college level equivalence of their professional and community-based experience, as well as preparing them for future academic and professional work. The program has a prerequisite course, which you will find under “Writing from Life.”  You will also find further information, including a video, at  . Finally, The Olympian wrote an article about the program, which you can find at

Program Details

Fields of Study

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Evening

Advertised schedule: 6-10p Tue. First meeting will be Tuesday, January 6, 6:00pm, in Sem 2 B3109.


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Registration Information

Credits: 4, 6, 8 (Winter)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 30


Signature Required

Faculty signature. 

Course Reference Numbers

(4 credits): 20217
(6 credits): 20218
(8 credits): 20219

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