Call for Proposals

This Year's Theme: Perspectives on PLA: Strategies for Student and Institutional Success

The National Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning, which will be held in Philadelphia, Pa., June 8-10, 2016, 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, Perspectives on PLA: Strategies for Student and Institutional Success, is meant to help us think about the multiple perspectives that are part of PLA. Understanding and synthesizing these perspectives can lead us to define “success” in new and more inclusive ways:

  • How can PLA, in all its forms, benefit all stakeholders: students, faculty, employers, and the institution as a whole?
  • What new and emerging methods of assessing students’ learning can foster success?
  • How can PLA allow students to share their knowledge and experience and promote conversations and exchange of ideas on campus?
  • How can we create a Win-Win opportunity for students, institutions, businesses and accreditors?
  • What success stories (and cautionary tales) can we share that might provide ideas for other institutions?

Other possible topics include portfolio assessment, credit-by-examination, online learning and testing, blended learning programs, learning outcome alignment, open educational resources, workforce development, and international perspectives on assessing adult learning. Proposals can be designed for those who are newcomers to PLA as well as established practitioners.

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 on the National Institute’s website immediately following the conclusion of the event.

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 topics, are well-suited to this format.

Deadline for Submission for the 2016 National Institute: February 26, 2016

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

To submit a proposal, please 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 University, at, or visit the website at


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