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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Positioning PLA at Your Institution

October 23, 2015 at 12:00 AM Many institutions are working to increase student use of PLA and to help students achieve their educational goals. By relying on information about their academic programs and strategic goals, institutions can position PLA to have maximum impact on the student and the institution.

September 16, 2015

Back to School Is Not Just for Kids

Chief Learning Officer
August 20, 2015

Don’t Undervalue Older Workers

Chief Learning Officer Magazine
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.
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.
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.

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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.