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Prior Learning Assessment Advisor

Syracuse University
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Jul 28, 2021

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Adult & Continuing Education Programs, Distance Education Programs, Instructional Technology & Design (Campus), Other Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services
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Full Time
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Job # 037266 Department Code 22605-4417 Department University College Job Title Prior Learning Assessment Advisor Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate with Experience Staff Level S4 FLSA Status Exempt Hours
Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)

8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs. Job Type Full-time Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description
The Prior Learning Assessment ( PLA ) Advisor will work directly with prospective and current students in the Bachelor of Professional Studies Degree Programs to identify potential areas where applicable life experience may translate to college level learning. The PLA Advisor will be responsible for the oversight, quality assurance, development and coordination of the Prior Learning Assessment Program for Syracuse University Global. This individual will develop programs and workshops to educate students about the PLA process and recruit students to review eligibility for enrollment in the Prior Learning Assessment three credit course. The Advisor will mentor students throughout the process of developing a PLA Experiential Learning Portfolio, collaborate with faculty and staff to avoid overlap of PLA credit and credits taken and track all incoming PLA request and credits awarded. The Advisor will regularly monitor all correspondence and activity surrounding PLA to ensure Industry Best Practices are maintained. Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in Education, Higher Education Administration, Student Personnel, or related field required.
  • Three (3) plus years of experience in higher education or related field.
Job Specific Qualifications
  • Demonstrated experience with awarding credit for prior learning required.
  • Experience working with and assessing student learning outcomes, preferably in a higher education setting.
  • Experience providing and conducting information sessions and workshops, preferably in an online format.
  • Demonstrated experience working with a diverse group of adult learners or non-traditional student populations.
  • Experience working with diverse student populations.
  • Experience working in online learning formats.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or dedicated commitment to experiential education and/or PLA .
  • Computer proficiency, particularly in MS Word, MS Excel, PPT, Blackboard and online research.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, written communication and organizational skills.
  • Efficient, detail-oriented, self-starter with the ability to meet deadlines and work well with minimum supervision.
  • Certified as Faculty Assessor a plus.
  • Provide holistic advisement to students as they work through the process of creating Prior Learning Assessment portfolios.
  • Create/revise and recommend policies and practices related to PLA so that they are consistent with standards related to accreditation.
  • Serve as primary point of contact and resource to answer questions from students, faculty and staff related to PLA .
  • Create, maintain and facilitate Prior Learning Assessment Forum.
  • Review all incoming request from students to enroll in Prior Learning Assessment Course and/or Forum.
  • Create/revise curriculum to assist students in successfully completing PLA process.
  • Create and conduct Online Information Sessions to prospective and current students.
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff to recruit students for participation in PLA Course and/or Forum.
  • Create database to track the number of students pursuing PLA, including information on credits awarded, successful applications, methods used to award credit, and prepare quarterly report.
  • Create/revise and recommend practices and procedures related to PLA so that they are consistent with standards related to policy and procedures.
  • Create and share feedback information gained from evaluation measures with campus personnel involved in PLA .
  • Periodically recommend changes to PLA procedures based on results of feedback from emerging data.
  • Maintain knowledge of trends and practices in PLA through peer associations, attendance at statewide and national gatherings, and review of literature to ensure that that the College’s practices align with The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning ( CAEL ), College Level Examination Program ( CLEP ), and other industry standards.
  • Maintain and update print and electronic material regarding current practices of awarding PLA and create new material.
  • Collaborate with Marketing & Communications to develop PLA promotions.
  • Conduct training sessions with faculty and staff to assist them in understanding their role in the PLA Process.
  • Conduct training sessions with advisors and admissions¿ staff to staff to assist them in understanding their role in the PLA process.
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In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter. About Syracuse University
Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit About the Syracuse area
Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal. EEOC
Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities. Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans
Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members. Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community
Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity. Quick Link Job Posting Date 07/28/2021 Application Deadline Full Consideration By Job Category Staff Message to Applicants
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