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

  • 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.

2013

  • The Growing Importance of Prior Learning Assessment in the Degree-Completion Toolkit

    Wiley Periodicals

    Central to many of the current developments in higher education is prior learning assessment (PLA). In the past several years, with new and ambitious degree completion goals for adults, the U.S. is witnessing what can only be called a surge of interest in PLA. This article expains the new, expanded future for PLA that may now be possible. It appeared in in the Winter 2013 issue of New Directions in Adult & Continuing Education, published by Wiley Periodicals
  • Meeting Students Where They Are: Profiles of Students in Competency-Based Degree Programs

    CAEL and Center for American Progress

    To ensure that America has the most competitive global workforce, President Barack Obama articulated a goal that, by 2020, every American should continue their educational training after high school so that the United States will increase its proportion of college graduates.

  • Competency-Based Education

    CAEL

    In the last year, there has been what CAEL President Pamela Tate has called a “tidal wave” of activity related to Competency-Based Degree Programs, including white papers, summits, new program development, and real movement in terms of public policies .We are using this print issue of the CAEL Forum and News to bring you some of these developments.

  • National Adult Learners Satisfaction-Priorities Report

    CAEL and Noel Levitz

    Adult learners are a growing population on campuses across the country. An increasing number of institutions are adding adult-focused programs to their offerings. Students are seeking course offerings which are fl exible and fast paced to allow them to meet their educational goals while still balancing work and family responsibilities.

  • Written Testimony for the Education and Workforce Committee - U.S. House of Representatives

    Education and Workforce Committee - U.S. House of Representatives

    Written Testimony of Pamela J. Tate President and Chief Executive Officer Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), before the Education and Workforce Committee - U.S. House of Representatives.

  • Oral Testimony for the Education and Workforce Committee - U.S. House of Representatives

    Education and Workforce Committee - U.S. House of Representatives.

    Oral Testimony of Pamela J. Tate,  President and Chief Executive Officer, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), before the Education and Workforce Committee - U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Recording: Hearing of the Education and Workforce Committee - U.S. House of Representatives

    Education and Workforce Committee - U.S. House of Representatives

    Recording of hearing that includes oral Testimony of Pamela J. Tate, President and Chief Executive Officer Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), and others, before the Education and Workforce Committee - U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Adult Degree Completion: The Role of Prior Learning Assessment

    CAEL


  • Achieving Dreams: Results from a Survey of Students using LearningCounts Portfolios to Earn College Credit

    CAEL

    The benefits of LearningCounts are very real for adult learners. Successful portfolios can save students a significant amount of time and money when they can apply these credits towards their postsecondary degrees. CAEL recently reached out to current and former LearningCounts students to learn more about them—what brought them to LearningCounts, their experiences with the program, and the impact of portfolio assessment on the achievement of their education and career goals.

  • Investing In Veterans: The Need for Career and Education Advising

    CAEL


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