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Four Reasons Why the Adult Learner Should be in the Running for Time’s 2016 Person of the Year

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Dec 6, 2016 12:56:18 PM

Topics: Success Stories, Adult Student Success, Trends in Higher Education

Every year since 1927, Time has identified a person (in some cases, persons) whose impact on the world made them the year’s top newsmaker. As a result, Time’s Persons of the Year are those who not only made an impact on the world in the year gone by, but also promised to influence the world in the years to come. By that metric, here are four reasons why the adult learner, a population that has had—and will continue to have—a significant impact on our society at large, should be a serious contender for this year’s honor.

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As Colleges Cut Services, Adult Students Suffer

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Dec 2, 2016 3:54:43 PM

Topics: Adult Student Success, Student Expectations, Adult Learning Success

In a time when the importance of supporting our nation’s adult learners has never been clearer, The Hechinger Report shares news of service cuts that could undermine efforts to encourage adult degree completion.

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Five Changes Adult Learning Advocates Have to be Thankful for This Year

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Nov 22, 2016 4:06:53 PM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Student Expectations, Adult Learning Success

As 2016 draws to a close and sights are set on what promises to be a transformational 2017, it’s fitting that we look ahead to see the shape the adult learner experience will take. However, if what’s past is prologue, we should first look at how the environment supporting the adult learner has changed this year to better inform our beliefs about the changes to come. Thankfully, it’s fair to say that many such changes that came about this year were positive ones.

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Four Trends in Higher Education Seen Throughout CAEL’s 2016 International Conference

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Nov 18, 2016 3:13:13 PM

Topics: Best Practices, Trends in Higher Education, Adult Learning, CAEL News

Last week, more than 500 advocates for adult learners converged in Chicago for CAEL’s 2016 International Conference. Attended by those representing higher education, industry, government and non-profit sectors, participants shared the conviction that increasing access to higher education for adult learners is essential for the success of our country. With so many of the nation’s experts on higher education and adult learner success in attendance, it’s fitting that the most salient trends seen today in academia and industry were brought to the fore.    

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Unity through Higher Education? How Increased Access to a Postsecondary Education May Soothe Post-Election Discord

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Nov 15, 2016 3:15:02 PM

Topics: Workforce Development, Adult Student Success, Competency Based Education (CBE), Trends in Higher Education

It was impossible during CAEL’s 2016 International Conference last week to avoid the topic of the presidential election and what the results will mean for higher education in the U.S. As panels of experts noted throughout the duration of the conference, it’s of course far too soon to make any prognostication about the ramifications of the elections with any real confidence.

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Ranking the Best Higher Education Institutions for Veterans

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Nov 3, 2016 9:34:03 AM

Topics: Adult Student Success, Veterans, Military-Connected Student

As we give thanks to our men and women in uniform this Veterans Day, it’s important that we not only acknowledge their contributions but also the opportunities to support them as well. When it comes to helping veterans in their pursuit of a postsecondary education, institutions are taking major steps to improve veteran completion, retention, persistence and graduation rates. As the student veteran completion rate lags behind that of the general student population and the demand for highly skilled workers grows, the significance of these efforts can’t be overstated.

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A Great Look at Adult Student Success

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Nov 1, 2016 9:15:31 AM

Topics: Success Stories, Adult Student Success, Student Advising and Coaching, Military-Connected Student

We often talk about adult learners, their challenges and how institutions and organizations can encourage their success. Yet nothing can provide better insight into adult students’ needs than to hear their own stories of academic achievement.     

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Missed CAEL’s Closing Institution Pathways Webinar? Here’s a Recording!

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Oct 28, 2016 9:23:55 AM

Topics: Adult Student Success, Best Practices, Trends in Higher Education, Adult Learning

As the closure of ITT Technical Institute continues to make headlines, it’s become clear that the need for closing institution pathways—plans in place to help students from closing institutions transfer their credit and complete their degrees at other institutions—are essential to prevent the same issues that are currently affecting ITT alumni.    

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A Fresh Take on the Skills Gap

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Oct 26, 2016 3:07:11 PM

Topics: Recruiting Talent, Trends in Higher Education, Adult Learning Success

In his book “Beyond the Skills Gap: Preparing College Students for Life and Work,” author Matthew T. Hora, assistant professor in adult teaching and learning at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, provides an updated look at the increasingly discussed notion of the skills gap, challenging some commonly held beliefs about the subject and providing nuance to others.  

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Connecting Service Members and Higher Ed

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Oct 21, 2016 3:39:26 PM

Topics: Knowledge Transfer, CAEL News, Veterans, Military-Connected Student

As Veterans Day approaches it’s fitting that we focus on efforts to help military service members and veterans gain access to postsecondary education.

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