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Saint Elizabeth University recognizes that some individuals gain college-level knowledge and competence through learning experiences outside a traditional classroom. College credit may be earned by students who believe they have acquired learning outcomes equivalent to college courses.

PELA (Portfolio Experiential Learning Assessment) credit may be awarded only if specific course outcomes have been achieved, and this can be demonstrated through the student's narrative analysis and compilation of supporting materials in the form of a portfolio.

A "pass" or "fail" grade is given for the portfolio, and the document is retained with the student's file within the program/course of study.