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Shawna Acker-Ball

Prior learning assessment takes less time than traditional classroom education, and as a result, underserved and underrepresented students are given an opportunity to participate in programs in which otherwise they may not have been able to afford or may not have had the time to complete.

Dr. Shawna Acker-Ball is Director of Academic Affairs at the Maryland Higher Education Commission. In her previous position, Dr. Acker-Ball oversaw PLA activities and competency-based education at University of Maryland University College.