Baker Lawley, 2023 Innovation Award Finalist
Transforming Prior Learning Assessment: The Innovative Approach of Baker Lawley at Boise State University
Baker Lawley is a leading expert in experiential and prior learning at Boise State University, where he has transformed the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program into a growing, thriving opportunity for students seeking to receive credit for prior learning and work experience.
Lawley’s innovative approach has allowed the program to become a more flexible and accessible learning experience that accommodates the diverse needs of Boise State’s student body. He has designed a confidence-building course for PLA, created an Open Educational Resource (OER) textbook, and reimagined the internship course, providing students with real-world experience and a competitive edge in the job market. Lawley’s innovative work has had a proven impact through increased student retention and graduation rates.