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Illinois and Missouri Colleges Respond to Dropping Enrollment Rates with Online Degree Offerings

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Feb 21, 2017 3:25:31 PM

Topics: Adult Student Success, Trends in Higher Education

Getting an online education is no longer the novel pursuit it once was. Recent data prove this: Close to 30 percent of higher education students are enrolled in at least one online course. As online schooling becomes mainstream and its value for adult students is made increasingly apparent, a greater number of higher education institutions are now offering online degree options to reach students.

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Debunking Four Common Myths about Prior Learning Assessment

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Feb 16, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Topics: Adult Student Success, Prior Learning Assessments (PLA), Assessment, Adult Learning Success

Prior learning assessment (PLA) is a perfect response to the all-too-common barriers standing in-between many would-be adult students and postsecondary degree completion: time and money. It provides students with the opportunity to earn course credit for demonstrated evidence of prior learning. It’s clear that adults, who typically have more on their plate than so-called traditional students, stand to greatly benefit from PLA. In fact, findings from the study “Is College Worth it for Me? How Adults Without Degrees Think About Going (Back) to School¹,” show that driving concerns expressed by respondents hinged on whether they could afford a postsecondary education and whether they could make it work around their busy lives.

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Fast Facts on Adult Learners

Posted by Debra Steele on Feb 15, 2017 1:12:10 PM

Topics: Adult Student Success, Adult Learning

The National Adult Learner Coaltion recently published this informative infographic with facts and figures focused on adult learners.

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Betsy DeVos and the Higher Education Landscape

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Feb 14, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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

The confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary of the Department of Education will unquestionably have a significant impact on how higher education will adapt to meet the realities facing today’s students. While the conversation throughout the DeVos confirmation process largely focused on K-12 issues, however, the Department of Education also plays a key role in shaping the higher education landscape. In this Washington Post article, experts highlight the issues facing higher education today—particularly the untenable student loan situation—and how DeVos and the Trump administration might shape any solutions.

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Call for Proposals: CAEL Forum and News Wants Your Insight!

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Feb 9, 2017 10:14:51 AM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Knowledge Transfer, CAEL News

Once a year, CAEL publishes a print issue of CAEL Forum and News, a publication that examines the world of the adult learner from multiple perspectives. Each issue provides expert insight into best practices, research and thought leadership on trends in education and the workforce as shared by CAEL staff, researchers and professors.  

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CAEL Joins Adult Learner Advocates to Create National Adult Learner Coalition

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Feb 6, 2017 4:39:04 PM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Partnerships, Adult Learning, CAEL News

CAEL is proud to announce that it is part of a group of four associations that have joined together with a unified message advocating for adult students and the higher education institutions that serve them. Along with support from Lumina Foundation, CAEL is joined by the Presidents’ Forum, the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) to form the National Adult Learner Coalition.

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Career Services Reinvention is Everwhere - Hear What Employers and Colleges are Saying About it

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Feb 6, 2017 2:27:28 PM

Topics: Career Mapping, Student Advising and Coaching

Do you ever notice that when you’re shopping for a new car and you decide on the car you want, that you begin to see that very car everywhere? It’s the most popular car on the highway – or so it seems.

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Tuition-Free Community College Could Soon be a Reality for Tennessean Adults

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Feb 1, 2017 2:49:59 PM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Adult Learning

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam recently announced an initiative to provide adults with tuition-free access to the state’s community colleges. If passed by state lawmakers, the model would make Tennessee the first state to offer access to tuition-free postsecondary education for its adult citizens.

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Looking at Financial Aid Reform? Keep Adult Learners in the Conversation

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jan 25, 2017 1:31:04 PM

Topics: Adult Student Success

Policymakers throughout the country are beating the drum about the need for policy that can respond to the increasingly untenable financial burden students face when pursuing an increasingly essential postsecondary education. While this conversation is important, it’s often one that leaves out a quickly growing population of learners: the adult learner. As the Education Commission of the States (ECS) notes, a greater emphasis must be placed on financial aid that meets adult students’ needs.

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Kresge Foundation $2 Million Loan Expands CAEL’s Prior Learning Assessment Service

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jan 23, 2017 12:22:47 PM

Topics: Prior Learning Assessments (PLA), CAEL News, Adult Learning Success

In case you missed it, the Kresge Foundation, the prominent philanthropic foundation dedicated to expanding opportunities in America’s cities, provided CAEL with a $2 million low-interest loan. The loan is being used to expand CAEL’s LearningCounts online prior learning assessment (PLA) service, which helps students gain credit via portfolio. PLA expedites the process of degree or credential attainment, saving students time and money, encouraging program completion.      

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