Workshops

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) 101
Monday, November 10, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 11, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Help your adult students earn college credit for learning from life experiences. Learn the “nuts and bolts” of how to design and implement PLA at colleges and universities and ensure that it is both attractive to students and consistent with high academic standards.

Prior Learning Assessment Implementation (PLA) 201
Tuesday, November 11, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This workshop will help those with a fundamental understanding of principles and practices advance PLA on their campuses.  By examining the institutional context, principles of organizational change and research on the impact of PLA practices, participants will be prepared to develop a program that becomes part of the college’s approach to student learning.  Highly interactive, we will use sample documents, scenarios, and existing institutional examples to identify elements of sound PLA practice. Participants will be able to use an action plan and design processes for introducing or expanding PLA options to gain support from key campus constituencies. As well, those from the same institution will be able to collaborate and create momentum for implementation of a PLA program on their campus.

Advising Adult Learners
Tuesday, November 11, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Adults learn differently, face issues related to work-life balance, and may have access to different financial aid sources than their younger counterparts. In this one-day workshop you will learn to respond to the needs of adult learners and receive a toolkit of resources for advisors and students.

The Role of Higher Education in Shaping a New Economy
Tuesday, November 11, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Despite the tough economy, millions of jobs in the U.S. remain unfilled due to a mismatch in local workforce skills, and companies continue to call for better and more current skills. During this workshop we will highlight how economic development and education, training, and workforce development efforts are not only complimentary but must be linked in order for communities and their economies to grow. The workshop will help you to make decisions about what industries to target in your region and how to use program inventory, assessment, and validation to better collaborate with the economic development growth sectors in your community.

Are You Ready for CBE?
Tuesday, November 11, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

There has been a surge of interest in competency-based degrees because they establish clear expectations for what graduates must know and be able to do. As colleges and universities consider how to adopt or develop new competency-based programs, there is a need to ensure that all understand what these programs are and how they can be established with attention to academic rigor and faculty involvement. This workshop will provide an overview of CBE and competency-based assessment, including a look at long-standing models and some of the newer ones that been developed.  Participants will be able to begin to assess their institutional readiness for CBE as it relates to business modeling, market demand and outreach, faculty and staff preparedness, and academic program design and development.

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