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Congratulations to Washington Monthly’s 2017 Best Colleges for Adult Learners!

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Aug 31, 2017 10:27:47 AM

Topics: Success Stories, Best Practices, Adult Learning

Last September, Washington Monthly made waves in the world of adult learning when it released its inaugural ranking of Best Colleges for Adult Learners. The ranking was important for many reasons. For the millions of adult students in the U.S., the ranking served as validation that their needs deserve to be met by higher ed institutions. By issuing the rankings, Washington Monthly also gave mainstream recognition to the idea that adult learners really are the “new normal” when it comes to student demographics.

This week, Washington Monthly released its annual college guide and rankings, again including Best Colleges for Adult Learners rankings for two- and four-year colleges

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The Unsung Hero for Adult Students: Child Care Services

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jul 24, 2017 10:32:24 AM

Topics: Best Practices, Student Expectations

A 2014 study (PDF) by the Institute for Women's Policy Research showed that almost five million undergraduate students—26 percent of all students—are raising children. This, Women Employed senior policy associate Sarah Labadie says, makes a recent budget proposal which would end the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program especially harmful for adult learners.

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Prior Learning Assessment Done Right: A Look at Texas A&M Texarkana’s PLA Program

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jul 5, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Best Practices, Trends in Higher Education, Prior Learning Assessments (PLA)

As a longtime advocate for prior learning assessment (PLA), CAEL takes great pride in being able to recognize colleges and universities that have implemented PLA in ways that are especially effective for reaching adult students. CAEL’s Director of Partnership Development Valerie Delleville recently did exactly that, providing a case study in The Journal of Continuing Higher Education on how Texas A&M University Texarkana’s (TAMUT) PLA offerings deserve accolades.

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CAEL’s Adult Learner Academy is Coming to Philadelphia!

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jun 22, 2017 4:41:09 PM

Topics: Best Practices, Knowledge Transfer, Adult Learning Success, Adult Learner Academy

Are you looking to gain the latest insight into today’s learner?

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A Salute to George Pruitt, Online Learning Pioneer and Adult Learner Advocate

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jun 20, 2017 1:22:54 PM

Topics: Best Practices, Trends in Higher Education, Adult Learning, The Growth of Adaptive Learning

Today, online learning is ubiquitous. According SR Education Group’s Guide to Online Schools, there are 23,342 unique programs from online schools, encompassing more than 130 distinct subjects from the associate to doctoral level. Given the increased number of adult students, who would naturally be attracted to online courses for the convenience they provide, the precipitous growth of e-learning is unsurprising.

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How Goodwill is Helping Adults Earn a High School Education

Posted by Brian Sorenson on May 30, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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

Too often, the conversation about supporting adults’ attainment of a degree or credential presupposes that all have received a high school diploma. Yet while 88 percent of Americans have completed high school, those who haven’t face low wages and high levels of unemployment. Worse, most states set a cap on the age a student can receive a high school diploma, leaving older learners in a position where their options for educational attainment are limited.

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Study: When Credits Transfer, Community College Students Save On Four-Year Degrees

Posted by Brian Sorenson on May 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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

In March, we shared a recent report by the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment which found that, contrary to preconceived notions, an associate degree alone could help recipients increase their earning potential.

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How Digital Engagement Supports Today’s Nontraditional Students

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Apr 21, 2017 12:39:22 PM

Topics: Adult Student Success, Best Practices

There’s no question that today’s “typical” college student looks very different than the one often discussed. Nontraditional students, a population that actually represents the ‘new normal’ makeup of colleges and universities, deserve our support and encouragement.

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WorkingNation Highlights CAEL’s Impact on the State of the Adult Learner

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Apr 6, 2017 12:19:31 PM

Topics: Success Stories, Adult Student Success, Best Practices, CAEL News

Last week, WorkingNation, a nonprofit campaign dedicated to developing solutions to unify the country to solve workforce issues, highlighted the state of the adult learner and how CAEL is helping higher education institutions, employers, communities and government to meet their needs.

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National Adult Learner Coalition Representatives, Adult Learner Experts Lead Capitol Hill Panel

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Mar 15, 2017 12:18:33 PM

Topics: Best Practices, Trends in Higher Education, Partnerships, Adult Learning

As previously reported, CAEL has joined Presidents’ Forum, the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), and University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) to form the National Adult Learner Coalition. The Coalition’s goals are to modernize federal education and workforce policy to reflect the reality that the adult learner is the new normal; educate stakeholders on the value and needs of adult learners and innovative ways to serve them; and mobilize colleges and universities, employers, government, and other key constituencies to advance the adult learner.

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