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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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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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Is PLA the Next Big Thing?

Posted by Beth Doyle on Mar 1, 2016 12:42:46 PM

Topics: Adult Learning, Assessment

The rise of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) speaks to the growing desire of today’s workers to become equipped to handle new technologies and schools of thought. Organizations that wish to drive trends need to find creative, flexible ways to foster a culture of learning, and PLA answers the call.

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What Adult Students Need For Success

Posted by Scott Campbell on Jan 27, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Adult Student Success, Best Practices, Student Expectations, Adult Learning, Assessment

The image of a college student in a dorm on campus living an active social life, with expenses and health insurance covered by the parents, is outdated. Today's student is more likely to be over 25 with a full-time job and a family to support. As a matter of fact, most have been working a decade or more, and many have enrolled to further their careers after having not been in a classroom for years. Many have a lengthy commute from workplace to campus to home.

Colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools are still adjusting to this influx of adult students, and employers are still struggling to balance business goals with the need for employees with enhanced skills. Meanwhile, non-traditional students often must overcome challenges that traditional students do not; they must balance work life, family commitments and school life. If they are to succeed, they need special considerations, for example:

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Chaos and Adjustments in Higher Ed

Posted by Beth Doyle on Jan 26, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Topics: Adult Student Success, Best Practices, Trends in Higher Education, Student Expectations, Case Studies, Adult Learning, Assessment

There was a time, not too long ago, when moving into the freshman dorm was a rite of passage. Your fellow fresh-faced students might be highly diverse as to hometown, ethnicity, faith, experiences and socioeconomic status, but you could be sure there was one thing all would have in common: Everyone would be about 18 years old, straight out of high school.

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