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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CAEL’s 40th Anniversary Silent Auction

June 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM

We hope you can join us on Thursday June 26 from 6-8 p.m. at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel (Empire Room), 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL for some great food & drinks, amazing company, and exciting live bidding!

March 19, 2014

Higher Education and the News

A brief scan of recent higher education news and commentaries/op-eds, which have implications on adult learners…

February 26, 2014

Two Exemplary Learners: Alex Xie and Christine Bernal

Behind every great company is a great front-line workforce. Helping entry and mid-level staff identify opportunities for career growth supports consistency in company productivity and daily operations, and is important for facilitating a stable workforce environment for employees.

February 17, 2014

Advisers to be trained in CAEL method in March

The Ranger
February 14, 2014

Competency-based degrees – The quiet revolution?

University World News
January 31, 2014

Council for Adult & Experiential Learning Commends President Obama

Yahoo Finance,, International Business Times, StarTribune, Goverment News, Star-Telegram, Bloomberg Business Week
January 08, 2014

Older Workers

Grantmakers In Aging

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.