Colleges & Universities

CAEL’s research and publications help you understand how to improve the way you serve your adult students. You’ll also find extensive data on adult learners and degree attainment, as well as in-depth research and guidance on Prior Learning Assessment and its effectiveness.

Research & Publications

2014

  • Random Access: The Latino Experience with Prior Learning Assessment Policy Brief

    CAEL


  • Holding Tight or at Arm's Length: How Higher Education Regional Accrediting Bodies Address PLA

    CAEL

    Holding Tight or at Arm's Length: How Higher Education Regional Accrediting Bodies Address PLA
  • Promoting College and Career Success: Portfolio Assessment for Student Veterans

    Promoting College and Career Success: Portfolio Assessment for Student Veterans

    CAEL

    Active service members and veterans are pursuing postsecondary degrees in record numbers today, due in large part to the GI Bill education benefits that can cover much or all of the cost. An important tool for helping service members and veterans succeed in postsecondary education is prior learning assessment, or PLA.
  • Random Access: The Latino Student Experience with Prior Learning Assessment

    CAEL & Excelencia in Education

    Through analysis of more than 32,000 student academic records, as well as interviews with Latino students and PLA administrators, the study examines how Latino students engage with PLA in terms of methods used, number of credits earned, and areas of study for which credits are earned.

  • Random Access: The Latino Student Experience with Prior Learning Assessment Executive Summary

    CAEL & Excelencia in Education

    This is the executive summary for our report that presents the findings from a new study by CAEL, in partnership with Excelencia in Education, that examines the experience of Latino students with PLA at 10 postsecondary institutions in the U.S. between 2010 and 2013.

  • Assessment’s New Role in Degree Completion: A Registrar’s Primer on Prior Learning Assessment and Competency-Based Education

    CAEL & AACRAO

    This 23-page publication provides an introduction to prior learning assessment (PLA) and competency-based education (CBE), and explores what registrars should consider in their roles supporting institutional adoption of these assessment-focused programs and services.

    This publication is available for $35. CAEL members, mention your membership to qualify for the reduced rate of $25. Click here to purchase. 
  • Customized, Outcome-based, Relevant Evaluation (CORE) at Lipscomb University

    CAEL

    This is the first of what will be a series of case studies of competency-based degree programs that have been emerging in recent years. The case studies are prepared by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) with funding from Lumina Foundation.

  • CAEL Learning Stories - Paul LeBlanc, President at SNHU and CAEL Board Chair

    CAEL

    Paul LeBlanc, President at SNHU and CAEL Board Chair, shares his personal story of his commitment to education.
  • CAEL Learning Stories - Pam Tate, President and CEO of CAEL

    CAEL

    Pamela Tate, CAEL's President and CEO, shares her personal story of her commitment to education. She explains why it is so important to provide adults who have not yet earned a degree or credential with an opportunity for an education.

2015

  • State System PLA Adoption: Lessons from a Three-System Initiative

    CAEL

    In states across the nation, there is an urgency to increase the educational attainment levels of citizens and the workforce. Between 1973 and 2008, the share of jobs in the U.S. economy which required postsecondary education increased from 28% to 59%, and it is projected that by 2018, that proportion will rise to 63% of all jobs.
  • A competency-based education case study

    City University of Seattle (CityU): Performance-Based Degree Model

    CAEL

    This case study is part of a series on newer competency-based degree programs that have been emerging in recent years. The case studies are prepared by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) with funding from Lumina Foundation.
  • A competency-based education case study

    Customized, Outcome-based, Relevant Evaluation (CORE) at Lipscomb University

    CAEL

    This is the first of what will be a series of case studies of competency-based degree programs that have been emerging in recent years. The case studies are prepared by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) with funding from Lumina Foundation.
  • Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Program

    CAEL

    A Collaboration between the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, South Texas College, and Texas A&M University-Commerce
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