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CAEL's New Study Answers the Question: What Happens When Learning Counts?

Posted by Sean Hudson on Sep 14, 2017 9:29:36 AM

Topics: Success Stories, Trends in Higher Education, Prior Learning Assessments (PLA), CAEL News

Several things, actually. Prior learning assessment (PLA) provides a way for adult students to accelerate their degree completion as well as create a new way to engage in the learning process. While this may be old news for some—seven years ago, CAEL’s Fueling the Race to Postsecondary Success: A 48-Institution Study of Prior Learning Assessment and Adult Student Outcomes found that adult students with PLA credit were two and a half times more likely to have earned a postsecondary degree than similar students with no PLA credit. Since then, replication studies have found the same results and researchers have documented other benefits to PLA such as increased self-confidence and motivation.

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Introducing Graduate-Level Prior Learning Assessment

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jul 11, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Prior Learning Assessments (PLA), CAEL News

Since the concept was developed in the 1970s, CAEL has been a leading advocate for prior learning assessment (PLA), a method of awarding credit for demonstrated evidence of prior learning. Now, building off its reputation as a leader in PLA development and advocacy, CAEL is introducing a PLA solution for a new audience: graduate students.

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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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Colorado Veterans Get Good News with Passing of Prior Learning Bill

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jun 13, 2017 3:50:05 PM

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

Last month, we highlighted Colorado veterans’ efforts to encourage their state to adopt a policy that would require state colleges and universities to recognize credit for prior military service. According to the Denver Post, those efforts have been successful: Colorado gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law that will do precisely that.  

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Colorado Veterans’ New Mission: Earn College Credit for Service

Posted by Brian Sorenson on May 9, 2017 9:46:13 AM

Topics: Competency Based Education (CBE), Trends in Higher Education, Prior Learning Assessments (PLA), Veterans

Military veterans and active duty servicemembers enter classrooms with a wealth of skills and knowledge before they crack open a single textbook, and though they’ve passed many tests, none were of the multiple choice variety. Through their training and service, servicemembers gain knowledge from a deep pool of subjects, including foreign languages, programming, medicine and intel.

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Learn How to Measure Prior Learning Assessment Success with CAEL’s Upcoming PLA Data Tracking Webinar

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Mar 24, 2017 2:48:02 PM

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

We recently debunked a few myths surrounding prior learning assessment (PLA), including the one that it lacks sufficient rigor. As we noted, CAEL conducts PLA against a framework that ensures that assessment is measurable, trackable and accurately reflects learning gained through equivalent course work.

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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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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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Honoring the Life of Higher Ed Advocate John F. Ebersole

Posted by Pamela Tate on Dec 9, 2016 9:06:23 AM

Topics: Competency Based Education (CBE), Trends in Higher Education, Prior Learning Assessments (PLA), Adult Learning Success

Last month we mourned the loss of former Excelsior College president John F. Ebersole. A luminary in world of higher education and pre-eminent advocate for the adult learner, John’s contributions to adult education, the education of military servicemembers and veterans, and to competency-based education (CBE) and assessment, will continue to resonate for many years to come.

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ITT Tech and the Need for Closing Institution Completion Pathways

Posted by Pamela Tate on Sep 26, 2016 10:07:48 AM

Topics: Best Practices, Prior Learning Assessments (PLA), Knowledge Transfer, CAEL News

News of ITT Technical Institute's closure, which has displaced tens of thousands of students, has sent shockwaves throughout the country. Beyond the direct affect the closure has on ITT Tech students, it also affects the higher education community and the employers that need skilled and educated workers.

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