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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June 23, 2015

Credentialing: A National Dialogue

Credentialing – it’s among this year’s most important topics in adult education. We’re so excited to have been invited to participate in the launch of a national dialogue on the subject.
June 16, 2015

Linking learning and work to improve lives

University World News
June 15, 2015

The 40-Year-Old Graduates

The Atlantic
May 28, 2015

Six Steps to Improved Employee Engagement

“Engagement.” It’s quite a buzzword when it comes to employees these days. But what does it really mean?
April 24, 2015

UpSkill America

On April 24th, the White House hosted a national summit to address the critical need to upskill America’s workforce.
April 13, 2015

Corporations tackle skilled worker shortage

April 07, 2015

Starbucks Doubles College Effort

Inside Higher Ed.
March 23, 2015

8 Tips For Better Employee Retention

If employee retention isn’t on your mind today, it should be. Now that the economy has bounced back, businesses are hiring and employees are ready and willing to seek new opportunities.
February 09, 2015

Overcoming Faculty Resistance to Competency-Based Education (CBE)

The prospect of transitioning a traditional educational program to a competency based model brings with it many opportunities for change, opportunities that some might view as threats to the field of education, or to their existing roles and responsibilities. This is the case with many faculty members at institutions that are considering competency-based education (CBE).
January 28, 2015

Gwyneth Paltrow: The Accidental Advocate for Degree Completion

Oscar-award winning actress and lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow is one of the world’s most recognizable stars. But even Paltrow discovered that not finishing her college degree can be a professional obstacle.
December 02, 2014

Giving to CAEL, Giving to Adult Learners

Today is Giving Tuesday, a holiday established in 2012 by the New York City cultural institution 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation to inspire acts of charity on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.
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.

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February 10, 2015

2014 CAEL Forum and News

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.