Call for Proposals

This Year's Theme: PLA 2020

The National Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning, which will be held in Philadelphia, PA June 2-4, 2015, invites proposals for short or full presentations, panel discussions or roundtable discussions that present case studies, research, best practices and lessons learned in the assessment of adult and experiential learning. Our hope is that this year’s National Institute will spur discussion and the exchange of ideas, both during the event and after it.

This year’s theme, PLA 2020, is meant to suggest several directions for exploration at this year’s event:

  • 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?
  • What role will technology play in the assessment and education of adult learners?

This list is meant to suggest, but not limit, topics for proposals. Other possible tracks include portfolio assessment, credit-by-examination, online learning and testing, blended learning programs, learning outcomes, open educational resources, workforce development, and international perspectives on assessing adult learning. Other topics relevant to assessing adult and experiential learning are also of interest.

Presentations should be designed to stimulate discussion and be interactive, and should not follow a traditional lecture format. Finished presentations will be collected and posted in the National Institute's online proceedings.

Consider also the roundtable/learning exchange format, which is a more informal, intimate conversational format with minimal technological assistance. Ideas in the early stages of development, or practical, how-to type topics, are well-suited to this format.

Deadline for Submission for the 2015 National Institute: February 2, 2015

All presenters are required to register for the Institute and pay the registration fee.

To submit a proposal, send:

  • Abstract title
  • 250-Word Abstract
  • Proposed session type: panel, roundtable, presentation
  • On a separate cover sheet, please provide:
    • Name of presenter(s)
    • Institutional affiliation(s)
    • Email address
    • Phone number

Please send all proposals to

For information, please contact Marc Singer, Vice Provost, Thomas Edison State College, at, or visit the website at