C-PLAN Information for Campuses
Become a C-PLAN Partner
The Credit for Prior Learning Assessment Network (C-PLAN) is a Minnesota State collaborative that supports 26 colleges and 7 universities in credit for prior learning (CPL) implementation. C-PLAN’s campus partners contribute to the successful implementation of credit for prior learning at Minnesota State by developing and sharing best practices.
CPL implementation supports Equity 2030 goals by broadening equitable and effective pathways through the recognition of student learning that occurs outside the college or university classroom.
Current C-PLAN partners are Century College, Dakota County Technical College, Inver Hills Community College, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Minnesota State University, Mankato, North Hennepin Community College, Northwest Technical College, Pine Community and Technical College, Rochester Community and Technical College, Saint Cloud State University, Saint Paul College, and South Central College.
Through an advisory council and workgroups in subjects such as policy, procedure, coding, and transcription, C-PLAN and contributing campuses develop and share models and guidelines for CPL assessments, student advising and navigation, data analysis, and other areas.
C-PLAN welcomes all Minnesota State colleges and universities to learn more about contributing to CPL implementation at Minnesota State. Participating in the Network’s CPL activities is easy - simply complete this brief contributor interest form.
- Raising institutional awareness and acceptance of CPL at campuses.
- Increasing opportunities for different kinds of assessments, both on individual campuses and in collaboration with other partners.
- Helping campuses frame long-range planning for CPL with a broader system context in mind.
- Improving CPL processes and implementing new practices.
- Identifying strategies and developing tools for engaging and training faculty.
- Gaining knowledge and strategies for making a business case for CPL on campuses.
- Developing strategies and tools that capitalize on CPL’s role in strategic enrollment management and Equity 2030.
- Provide Minnesota State students with increased access to CPL assessment opportunities, supporting students’ progress to educational goals and degrees.
- Facilitate a comprehensive spectrum of choices for campus faculty to assess student learning for credit, certify transferable student competencies, and ensure quality.
- Collaboratively capitalize on subject-area and resource-based strengths to offer effective CPL pathways, create cross-institution crosswalks and expand the network of campus partners using CPL standards and best practices.
- Equity: Promote equitable access for all students to consistent, transparent, and affordable opportunities to earn credit for prior learning.
- Integrity and Quality: Support and disseminate standards and best practices among all stakeholders in the evaluation, documentation, and award of prior learning credit, informing system and campus policy, procedure, and practice.
- Awareness: Increase awareness and knowledge of CPL and its benefits to students, campuses, and communities through wide-ranging, integrated communications that reach out to all constituencies.
- Collaboration: Extend the network throughout Minnesota State to share resources, build capacity, expand CPL expertise, and facilitate campus collaboration.
- Professional Development: Establish a comprehensive professional development structure to respond to and recognize the needs, interests, and efforts of faculty and staff engaged in CPL work.
- Navigation: Create a transparent, accessible web platform to display crosswalks, provide resources and tools to help students navigate CPL pathways, guide campus stakeholders on best practices, and reach out to external partners.
- CPL Academy: A free, online, interactive course, offered throughout the year, the CPL Academy is facilitated through D2L/Brightspace, offers feedback by expert CPL faculty, and benefits cross-functional teams with a wide array of information and resources on CPL assessment and implementation. An advisory group is facilitating the expansion of the Academy to include content and communities of practice for CPL stakeholders.
- Certificates to Credits (C-to-C): The C-to-C Program, developed by a faculty team across programs and institutions, provides guides, rubrics, and checklists to institutions for evaluating industry- and community-based certificates and training. A workgroup meets bi-monthly to identify opportunities for expanding C-to-C crosswalks.
- CPL Web Platform: C-PLAN is facilitating the development of a CPL web-based platform to assist potential and current students in navigating CPL options at Minnesota State. The platform will also host CPL resource guides for faculty, advisors and other campus stakeholders, and external partners and help campuses streamline the CPL process.
- Professional Development - Knowledge-Sharing and Technical Assistance: In addition to the CPL Academy, other professional development options include:
- bi-monthly Ask C-PLAN webinars that offer campuses CPL information and opportunities to share best practices.
- C-PLAN facilitated, faculty-led webinars that highlight examples of CPL assessments.
- C-PLAN workshops and technical assistance for individual campuses upon request.
- Visit Minnesota State CPL Webpage: www.minnstate.edu/cpl
- Help Students Navigate CPL: CPL Intake Form
- Ask C-PLAN form
- Email C-PLAN
- Participate in the network
- Download CPL Information Briefs: CPL Resources
You will need to be logged into your Microsoft 365 account with StarID. If you are told you need permission to view, request it, and a C-PLAN representative will receive the notice.
- View Minnesota State Credit for Prior Learning Policies and Procedures
Mary Beth Lakin is the Director for the Credit for Prior Learning Assessment Network (C-PLAN) at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, where she oversees the development of a collaborative network to support credit for prior learning (CPL) policy and practice implementation. With three decades of experience in higher education, Mary Beth has extensive knowledge and skills in building policies, programs and collaborations.
Previously for 15 years at the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington D.C., Mary Beth developed training and technical assistance in assessing workplace and military training for academic credit. This work involved leading workshops for faculty and cross-functional teams at individual institutions and state systems, and facilitating pathways, articulations and memorandums of understanding across sectors.
Before serving in her position at ACE, Mary Beth directed the Weekend College and Experiential Learning Programs at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and served as an advisor, faculty member and program coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Degree Studies Program. She earned a Master of Arts in Human Development with a specialization in College Teaching/Teaching Adults at Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, California. In her various roles, Mary Beth has fostered greater awareness and acceptance of credit for prior learning, mentored students and staff, and contributed to the research on adult learners and learning recognition.
Charlotte Nitardy is currently the C-PLAN Advisor and Coordinator. Her role is to provide and coordinate academic and specialized advising to students for a range of options for Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) as part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities multi-campus assessment-collaboration program. She also develops, coordinates and promotes advising systems, programs, and services for CPL formats in the assessment network, and teaches courses and/or workshops for students planning CPL and for employee professional development.
Charlotte has close to 20 years of experience as a CPL advisory and faculty evaluator. In addition, she is a Community Faculty in the Psychology Department at Metropolitan State University and has taught in the University of Wisconsin system. Charlotte earned a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Minnesota, College of Education and Human Development, and has graduate certificates in Human Resource Development and Adult Education. She has conducted research and published articles in educational and racial disparities.
Charlotte serves on many community boards; hosts international students in her home; and advocate for social justice issues. She also likes cooking, gardening, attending Minnesota United FC games, and spending time with her children and dog.
Colleen Harris-Severns is C-PLAN’s Senior Office and Administrative Specialist. Her main role is to provide administrative and program support within a growing and innovative system network. She spends much of her time making connections and implementing systems and does so with the philosophies of accessibility, continuous improvement, equity, and inclusivity. Her specialties include business analysis and organizational management across sectors, planning, research/writing, technology implementation, and public administration and governance skills.
Colleen has accumulated her expertise from a diverse and individualized array of professional and academic experiences. Past work has included strategic analysis and property operations management of a local career readiness and affordable housing nonprofit, office and project management for a technological startup focused on digitizing traditional industries, and records and enrollment management for higher education Admissions offices within the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Colleen is an alum of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, having graduated with an Associate in Arts with Honors from the Minneapolis College.