Meaningful Learning, Credentials, and Work for Every Adult.

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) links learning and work. CAEL is a nonprofit that works at all levels within the higher education, public, and private sectors to make it easier for people to get the education and training they need.

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February 25, 2015

Making Skills Everyone’s Business

February 20, 2015

Student Employees: ‘Show Me More Than the Money’

Chief Learning Officer
February 20, 2015

Influencer Series: Bridging Education and Employment

The F.B. Heron Foundation
February 20, 2015

Pamela Tate: Bridging Education and Employment

The F.B. Heron Foundation
February 18, 2015

Business and Academic Partnerships Connect the Skills

Chief Learning Officer
February 02, 2015

What to Know About Employer Tuition Benefits for College

US World and News Report
January 16, 2015

Shifting Grounds: An Interview with Pam Tate

Prior Learning Assessment Inside Out
October 16, 2014

Equal Access, Equal Outcomes

Higher education institutions interested in prior learning assessment (PLA) now have a reason to focus their energies into strategies that might promote the use of PLA. Last week, I helped present a webinar on a report called “Random Access”, which used institutional surveys, student and administrator interviews, and a dataset of 32,000 students from 10 institutions to take a look at the Latino experience with PLA.

September 25, 2014

Online Education – A Valuable Strategy for Upholding Cybersecurity

If you regularly follow the news, you’re certainly aware of how important an issue cybersecurity has become, both here in America and around the globe. It has become such a hot topic this year that The Economist, in its July 12th edition, made it the focus of a special report.

August 21, 2014

The Business Champions Network: CAEL and the Aspen Institute Initiate Invitational Network of Senior Business Leaders

At CAEL, we’re constantly reminded that in the next decade, more than half of all American jobs will require employees with postsecondary credentials. This urgency informs our advocacy on behalf of adult learners, and it certainly was confirmed during the event Business Champions for Degree Completion, which was held July 24th in Washington, DC.

image descriptionResearch & Publications

October 30, 2013

Competency-Based Education

Our Success Stories

Earning College Credit for Prior Learning

Read about CAEL’s online service,, to help people earn college credit for what they already know.

The site offers a prior learning credit predictor to help students determine how much college credit they could earn.

Students can also talk to a Credit Specialist, take a course in portfolio assessment, and assemble their portfolio - all online.