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 International Conference 2014

November 12, 2014 at 08:00 AM

The theme of the conference, "Mobilize Learners. Revolutionize Assessment", reflects this pivotal point in our efforts to provide more adults access to higher education. The conference will be held November 12-14, 2014 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers in Chicago.

July 08, 2014

Try Convincing an Employer to Pay for an Online Degree

US News and World Report
June 26, 2014

Chamber study outlines possible solutions to talent issues in region

Charleston Regional Business Journal
May 12, 2014

Higher Education Attainment: Where America Currently Stands

With the majority of future American jobs requiring workers with college credentials, steering adults towards that goal is a top priority for higher education stakeholders. New statistics reveal signs of promise while, at the same time, serve as a reminder of other challenges that remain.

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.