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Competition for adult students is increasingly fierce. If you are not improving your services to adults, you are likely falling behind.  CAEL helps colleges and universities evolve in our rapidly changing higher education system. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is one way to enroll college students and empower them to complete their degree.

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THE ROAD TO PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT

Our workshops, programs, consulting, tools and services help you scale up PLA at your institution so you can better serve your adult students and transform your institution into a hub for lifelong learning.

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  • Fundamentals of PLA Assessment Workshop- In this workshop, faculty and administrators become attuned to the adult student perspective and come to understand the rigor, consistency and high academic standards involved in the proper use of PLA.
  • PLA Assessment Online Certificate Program- Offered in partnership with DePaul University, this web-based program provides faculty and administrators with the basic tools they need to implement a PLA program.
  • Faculty Assessor Certification- We train faculty to understand the relationship and differences between assessing learning and classroom assignments and discover ways to provide clear and supportive feedback to students.
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  • Prepare for Accreditation Review- We help you ensure that your adult focused programs meet the highest standard by working with your faculty to develop a systematic assessment that is consistent with your policies and CAEL’s PLA standards.
  • Promote Your PLA Programs- Our practical strategies for embedding your adult-focused programs and offerings into your communications will help you drive enrollments.
  • Create a Strong Student Experience- We’ll help you create a clear map of the student path so you can make adjustments and create the optimal adult student experience.
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  • LearningCounts- The LearningCounts online portfolio assessment service offers an opportunity to scale up and modernize your PLA offerings.
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  • PLA Accelerator- Our online tool navigates students through questions about their learning experiences, capturing the full spectrum of PLA opportunities which allows advisors to have a more informed conversation about PLA with students. Learn More
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GET THE STRATEGIC DIRECTION YOU NEED WHEN BUILDING OR ENHANCING YOUR PLA PROGRAM.

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