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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

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
  • 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


2012

  • Best Practices for Serving the Student Veteran

    CAEL


  • Valuing Veterans Pledge

    McCormick Foundation


  • State Policy Approaches to Support Prior Learning

    CAEL and HCM Strategists


  • Competency-Based Degree Programs in the U.S.: Postsecondary Credentials for Measurable Student Learning and Performance

    CAEL

    This paper examines the current state of competency-based postsecondary education in the U.S., profiling the various types of competency-based, or competency-focused, models that currently exist, the extent to which these programs assess for student competencies or learning outcomes, and the extent to which these programs operate outside of a credit-based system.

  • The Career Lattice

    Joanne Cleaver

    The traditional corporate ladder has become a thing of the past. In her new book, Joanne Cleaver presents the idea that "over is the new up." Instead of following the established moving up the ladder path, The Career Lattice paves a flexible career path for those professionals seeking a way to make transitions in their career. The book features many case studies from CAEL's work to help adult learners discover their career path.

  • Innovation in Maryland Nursing Education to Meet Anticipated Demand

    CAEL

    This policy brief describes innovative approaches to nursing education and how the policy leadership help to support the use and expansion of these models and strategies while keeping a sharp focus on educational quality.

  • Earn College Credit for What You Know, fifth edition

    Janet Colvin

    This edition offers the latest, most current information on prior learning assessment (PLA). Earlier editions of this book, specifically written for adult learners considering the prior learning assessment process, have assisted tens of thousands of adult learners.  The book is also helpful to evaluators, administrators, faculty, and training managers.  Many CAEL member institutions use this book as text for their PLA portfolio development courses.

    The new 5th edition of Earn College for What You Know features: 
     

    • Updated references throughout the publication
    • Exercises for understanding and applying learning theory
    • Profiles of adult students and their successful use of prior learning assessment to complete their degrees
    • Explanation of the CAEL standards for quality prior learning assessment
    • An expanded and refined focus on the use of online portfolios

    A 20% discount is available for members. Price: $29.95, E-Book Price: $14.95

  • Webinar Recording

    Linking Learning to Work

    CAEL

    Despite high unemployment, many employers are finding it difficult to find the talent they need. Why? Because the skills of our workforce are not keeping pace with the demands of work in our knowledge economy. A study by Georgetown University estimates that by 2018, 63% of jobs in the U.S. will require at least some college. However, only 42% of adults aged 25-34 have attained a postsecondary degree.

    In this webinar, you’ll learn about the factors contributing to this trend, and hear suggestions about steps you can take to attract and develop your workforce in this sluggish economy.
     

  • CAEL's 2012 Research Briefs on PLA

    Employer Views on the Value of PLA

    CAEL

    This CAEL research brief, produced in partnership with Prometric, presents highlights from conversations with 19 U.S. employers representing a range of industries on the topic of PLA. The conversations address the value of PLA to both workers and corporations, as well as employers’ views on PLA as an allowable expense within their tuition assistance programs.

  • CAEL's Tapping Mature Talent Series

    Just Add Seasoning: A Business Case for Tapping Mature Talent

    CAEL

    Mature workers can and should be tapped by employers to fill entry level jobs, meet the needs of middle- or high-skill work, or serve as experienced mentors to the new generation of workers.

  • CAEL's 2012 Research Briefs on PLA

    The Learning That Maturity Brings: An Analysis of the Value of Prior Learning Assessment for Mature Learners

    CAEL

    Just as mature workers bring decades of experience to the workplace, they also bring learning from that experience to their postsecondary pursuits. This learning, if evaluated through prior learning assessment (PLA) methods, can give mature learners a way to earn college credit for what they already know, helping them complete their learning programs in a shorter period of time. This CAEL research brief presents data on the experience of mature learners with PLA credit.

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