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ADULT LEARNING PUBLICATIONS

Financial Aid for Prior Learning Assessment

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor invited postsecondary institutions to participate in an experiment to learn how federal financial aid might be used to cover the costs of prior learning assessment (PLA). This brief highlights some of the experiences and successful results of the experiment so far, while also pointing to how this new application of federal financial aid might be best supported if available nationwide.

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Strengthening America's Economy By Expanding Educational Opportunities for Working Adults

This white paper outlines some of the issues facing adult learners including confusing or incomplete information, patchwork of regulations, and a need for more flexible and impactful educational offerings. It provides examples of existing building blocks which encourage success, such as Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) and Competency-Based Education (CBE), among others.  

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The Adult Learner: A Critical Ally for State Economic Development

This article, written by Wilson Finch, senior consultant at CAEL, is featured in The Council of State Governements Book of States 2016. This piece makes the argument to state policymakers that a focus on adult and nontraditional students is not only critically lacking and long overdue, but also essential to state educational attainment and economic goals.

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The Kresge Foundation 2015 Annual Report: Using the Right Tools for Social Change

The Kresge Foundation 2015 Annual Report showcases the important work they do to address the systemic urban issues that affect people living in the United States. CAEL and LearningCounts are featured in the Education Section for the important work that we do to give college credit where it's deserved.

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ALFI Sample Summary Report

Check out an example of an ALFI Summary Report. This valuable report shows how adult friendly an institution is by outlining an institution's strengths, challenges and comparisons — both internal and external. Recommendations on how the institution can become more adult-friendly are also provided.

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National Adult Learners Satisfaction-Priorities Report

The report reveals the results of the pilot study of the new Adult Learner Inventory™ conducted by Ruffalo Noel Levitz and CAEL (Council for Adult and Experiential Learning). The results identify the level of importance that adult learners place on aspects of their student experience ...

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The Career Lattice 

 The Career Lattice is the essential guide to strategic lateral moves, showing through narratives and case studies how individuals and employers grow in their careers.

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Maturity in the Workplace: Stories of Workers Aged 55+ on their Journeys to New Work and Careers

This publication profiles the stories of some of the mature workers who have participated in the Tapping Mature Talent initiative. Some have needed to upgrade their skills, some have pursued brand new careers in high-growth industries, some have worked hard to recover.

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Game Changers: Education and Information Technology

CAEL’s Pamela Tate and Rebecca Klein-Collins contributed a chapter to this book discussing technology and the nontraditional learner, with a focus on career pathways, prior learning assessment, and career/educational advising …

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Tapping Mature Talent: Policies for a 21st Century Workforce

People aged 55 and older are one of the fastest growing demographic groups in much of the developed world. While they have seen tremendous changes in technology and everyday living over their lifetime, some of the biggest societal changes are those that they themselves are helping to make.

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Workplace Action Steps for Leveraging Mature Talent: Findings from the Talent Management Study

Demographic and other trends indicate that the U.S. will be seeing more mature workers actively engaged in the labor market, whether out of financial need or out of continued ability and preference.

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Older Workers, Rising Skill Requirements, and the Need for a Re-envisioning of the Public Workforce System

The lingering aftermath of the Great Recession that commenced in December 2007 has shown that despite the efforts of the traditionally under-resourced public workforce system to serve more job seekers than ever before, far too many job seekers have been unable to reconnect to the labor market.

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Financial Literacy and Retirement Decisions: The Choices Facing Older Workers

Older workers face a series of decisions that will affect their economic well-being in retirement. They must decide when to retire from their career jobs, whether to work after retirement, whether they need to continue to invest in their skills and productivity, when to start pension and Social Security benefits, whether to accept lump-sum distributions, and how to invest their retirement wealth.

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Occupational Profiles for the Mature Worker: Finding and Using Detailed Information About Occupations with the Largest Share of Mature Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor supported a three-year Aging Worker Initiative (AWI) between 2009 and 2012. As this initiative came to a close, CAEL invited leading experts on the mature workforce to help us showcase the work of the AWI grantees alongside their own research findings.

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From High School to Career: A Strategy to Weather Talent’s Perfect Storm

Across the country, businesses are partnering with high schools and colleges to build programs that develop the skills needed for employment within their own industry. This report covers exemplary high school-to-career programs. Each of these initiatives results in prepared students contributing to a prepared workforce.

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