National Institute at Philadelphia, PA

National Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning

PLA 20/20

June 2 – 4, 2015 • Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, PA
with an optional pre-conference workshop on June 2



The National Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning was established by Thomas Edison State College in 1988 to provide an intensive learning experience for educators and professionals involved in the assessment of adult and experiential learning. Each year, the National Institute is attended by experts and newcomers alike, from all over the world.

Keynote speakers in 2015 were Meg Benke, Ph.D., SUNY Empire State College and Rich Roberts, Ph.D., Center for Innovative Assessments.

This year’s theme, PLA 20/20, explored several directions for prior learning assessment:

  • What will prior learning assessment look like over the next five years? How has it evolved?
  • How can PLA help us meet the challenges of the College Completion Agenda?
  • What is our vision for the integration of prior learning with new and emergent learning in the near future?
  • How does PLA integrate with competency-based education, which arguably will be a big influence in the next five years?
  • What role will technology play in the assessment and education of adult learners?

The assessment of adult learning encompasses many areas. Sessions will engage participants and feature discussions of:

  • Prior Learning Assessment
  • Distance Education
  • Assessment Methodologies
  • Competency-Based Education
  • Effective Learning Outcomes
  • College-level Learning
  • Workplace Education and Assessment
  • Utilizing Technology

The main goal of the National Institute is to address issues in the area of adult education and assessment, while serving as a venue for networking and sharing experiences in a casual environment. The National Institute will kick off with the Welcome Reception during the early evening of Tuesday, June 2: a special invitation will be included in the registration packets. Attendees can also take advantage of the exciting city of Philadelphia—our meeting venue is located on the waterfront, close to shopping and the historic sites of the Old City.

The National Institute is coordinated and sponsored annually by Thomas Edison State College.

If you have any questions regarding the National Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning, please call (609) 984-1140, ext. 2297 or email

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