These standards describe the methods by which the member institutions of the Northeast Resiliency Consortium agree to employ for programs identified under the TAACCCT grant. The standards are organized around Five Critical Factors for PLA Programs (Hoffman, Travers, Evans & Treadwell, 2009; Travers, 2013). Prior to the development of the NRC PLA standards, each member institution completed an inventory of current PLA practices organized around the Five Critical Factors. Through individual and joint meetings of the NRC, institutions reviewed the resulting inventory and provided feedback related to each institutions current and planned practices.
In addition to the Five Critical Factors inventory, critical external sources were referenced. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and the New England Association for Schools & Colleges/ Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC/CIHE) (the two accreditation agencies for the regions included in the NRC) statements on PLA were reviewed to ensure that the standards aligned with each accreditation agency’s expectation. The Ten Standards for Assessing Learning developed by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL; www.cael.org/pla.htm) were also considered and integrated into the NRC standards. The NRC Technical Proposal for the TAACCCT grant provided technical requirements for the standards, as well. For each following standard, the source material is indicated.