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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January 16, 2015

Shifting Grounds: An Interview with Pam Tate

Prior Learning Assessment Inside Out
January 13, 2015

Where Context is King: Prior Learning Assessment in the Workplace

Prior Learning Assessment Inside Out
January 07, 2015

Get Credit for Your Military Spouse Life

Military One Click
January 06, 2015

Mission Family: Job Opportunities Grow for Spouses

Military Times
December 18, 2014

Still Learning, After All These Years

National Housing Institute
December 16, 2014

Avoiding Middle Manager Jealousy

Chief Learning Officer
December 08, 2014

15 Hours Doesn't Work for Everyone

Inside Higher Ed.
October 23, 2014

Why More Companies Should Pay for School

Chief Learning Officer
October 21, 2014

Davenport launches online competency-based MBA degree

Grand Rapids Business Journal
October 20, 2014

Getting College Credit for Experience: Is it Helping Latinos?

Education Writers Association
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.

October 08, 2014

4 Ways Older Students Can Avoid Student Debt

US World and News Report
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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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.