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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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As Americans Lose Faith in College, Let’s Change Their Understanding of What College Can Be

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Sep 13, 2017 1:23:49 PM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Adult Learning

Last week, results from a poll conducted by NBC News and Wall Street Journal highlighted a finding that is sure to unnerve, if not surprise, advocates for higher education: For some populations, the prospect of earning a four-year college degree is no longer seen as being worth the effort.

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Reaching the Promise of the Pell Grant

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jul 31, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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

The Pell Grant has been a vital form of financial assistance for millions of students since the program was first offered to students in 1972. But as the national conversation on higher education continues to focus on increasing access for underserved populations, advocates for affordable postsecondary education are raising awareness for the need to better support the Pell Grant.

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Colleges, Students and Employers Agree: Career Services are Vital

Posted by Jennifer Groh on Jul 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Adult Student Success, Trends in Higher Education, Student Expectations, Student Advising and Coaching

Earlier this month, author of “There is Life After College” and Washington Post writer Jeff Selingo shared his thoughts on how to improve campus career centers to support students’ post-graduation job prospects. Citing a 2016 Gallup study that found that 40 percent of recent graduates never visited their career centers, Selingo noted that institutions must overcome reservations many students have about the value of career services offerings.

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New CAEL Report: The Case for Prior Learning Assessment Financial Aid

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jul 25, 2017 12:38:47 PM

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

Prior learning assessment (PLA) works.

For decades, PLA has proven to be an effective method for helping students meet completion goals, increasingly the likelihood of graduation to a rate of two-and-a-half times greater than that of non-PLA students. Students who take advantage of PLA have also shown on average to take an additional 9.9 credits more than their counterparts who have not made use of PLA¹.

Yet despite these benefits, there has yet to be a policy to provide federal financial assistance for PLA.

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GI Bill Update Would Increase Access to Higher Learning for Veterans

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jul 21, 2017 9:35:31 AM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Veterans, Military-Connected Student

First offered in 1944 to assist veterans returning from duty during World War 2, the GI Bill has helped millions of veterans buy homes, start businesses and complete degree programs. This week, the House of Representatives’ Committee on Veterans’ Affairs met to discuss changes to the bill to make taking advantage of its tuition benefits easier for veterans.

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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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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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DoED Signals Support for Transparency Initiative College Scorecard

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jun 15, 2017 3:44:21 PM

Topics: Transparency, Trends in Higher Education

The Department of Education will retain College Scorecard, an initiative that helps prospective students make informed enrollment decisions by providing easy access to data about institutions’ graduation outcomes, reports Inside Higher Ed. Data provided by College Scorecard highlights factors like the debt burden carried by a college or university’s graduates, allowing would-be students to weigh factors that would have an impact on their lives long after graduation.

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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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