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Golden Gate University Recognized as Best College for Adult Learners

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Sep 22, 2016 12:34:46 PM

Topics: Adult Learning, Adult Learning Success

Washington Monthly recently released its list of America’s best colleges for adult learners, highlighting the importance of recognizing academic institutions that provide support for students 25-years-old or older, a demographic that makes up more than 40 percent of U.S. college students.     

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Solving a College Dropout Dilemma

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Sep 21, 2016 11:23:41 AM

Topics: Adult Student Success, Trends in Higher Education

One-in-four Michigan adults 25-years-old or older have earned some college credits but hold no degree, according to a recent report based on U.S. Census data. This trend could spell trouble; a lack of degree can cost employees thousands of dollars throughout their lifespan and adult learners are essential allies for state economic development.   

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Rating College Rankings

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Sep 13, 2016 4:34:41 PM

Topics: Adult Student Success, Student Expectations, Assessment

‘Tis the season for college rankings and NPR recently added their thoughts to the conversation. Longtime college rankings such as those provided by U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review, recently joined by rankings from the likes of the U.S. Department of Education, have become students’ go-to sources for help determining the right school for them. But, as NPR notes, the ranking systems have flaws when assessed under an evolving understanding of what a college education can bring to the table.

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Midwest States Collaborate to Provide Military Guide for Prior Learning Assessment

Posted by Andrew Miller on Sep 9, 2016 1:30:13 PM

Topics: Veterans, Military-Connected Student

In collaboration with CAEL, the Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit (MCMC), a 13-state initiative of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), has recently completed an online resource, Valuing Military Learning - A Guide to Military Prior Learning Assessment and More, designed for servicemembers and veterans in the healthcare field to assist them in their transition into the civilian workforce by obtaining career credentials through prior learning assessment (PLA). The resource includes a listing of bridge programs in MCMC states which give credit for their military learning through PLA; testimonials from student veterans who have benefited from PLA; and a state-by-state listing of veteran resources.

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Today’s Students: Separating Fact from Fiction

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Sep 7, 2016 3:00:24 PM

Topics: Adult Student Success, Adult Learning

Higher education’s value can’t be overstated. Even though the value of college is well appreciated, many often hold an unrealistic image of the realities faced by today’s college students.

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Data Analysis Holds Key to Predictive Modeling

Posted by Scott Campbell on Sep 7, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Adult Student Success

For years, predictive modeling has been used by a wide range of companies and organizations to determine the statistical probability that an event will occur. Historically, the process has been embraced primarily by businesses, insurance agencies, and health professionals.

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Latino Population Critical for Achieving the Nation’s Educational Goals

Posted by Beth Doyle on Aug 31, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Latinos represented 17 percent of the nation's population in 2012. Although this statistic shows that Latinos represent the largest minority in the nation, it may seem relatively immaterial until further examination of the facts is included in the consideration.

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The "Traditional" Student

Posted by Rachelle Garcia on Aug 30, 2016 12:06:13 PM

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

I am always awestruck by the number of articles about nontraditional students — when are we going to stop using the term nontraditional? How much research is necessary to confirm previous studies stating that the majority of students now fall into the nontraditional category? Needham Yancey Gulley’s recent article featured in Inside Higher Ed, “The Myth of the Nontraditional Student” scrutinizes this phenomena, and I could not applaud him more.

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Why PLA is Significant for Improving Graduation Rates

Posted by Scott Campbell on Aug 24, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Adult Learning

Non-traditional students are enrolling in ever-increasing numbers. These adult learners are older than 25, often hold a full-time job, and may be married or have children. The challenge facing higher education — and the nation — is that many students, both traditional and non-traditional, are failing to complete degrees.

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Archer Daniels Midland Company Awards $25,000 ADM Cares Grant to Support CAEL's Forward Together Fund

Posted by Debra Steele on Aug 23, 2016 12:00:55 PM

Topics: Adult Learning Success

The Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has awarded a $25,000 ADM Cares Grant to support CAEL's Leaders Council - Forward Together Fund, (FTF) CAEL President and CEO Pamela Tate announced today. The FTF is an ongoing fundraising initiative that allows CAEL to respond quickly to the policy and advocacy needs of its adult learner constituents not covered by other CAEL funders and is led by members of CAEL’s Leaders Council. 

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