Colleges & Universities

Adult students are the present and future of higher education, representing the majority of U.S. college students. They have different needs, and schools need new tools to help them succeed. For more than 35 years, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) has addressed adult students’ needs, and we can help you: 

  • Create Programs That Serve Adult Students Better
  • Improve Enrollment and Graduation Rates
  • Network with Colleagues in Adult Learning
  • Learn from Experts  
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Prior Learning Assessment Services

Why should you award college credit for learning gained from work and life experience? Will it really help you meet your goals for student retention and graduation? Can it be done in a way that meets the high academic standards at your institution? CAEL helps you answer these questions with in-depth research, resources, and other services.

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Adult Student Services

What do your adult students care about? How can you give them the support they need? CAEL helps you evaluate how you are serving adult students and provides ways to enhance your offerings.

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Do you have a specific goal for recruiting or retaining adult students, but don’t quite know how to approach it? CAEL can develop a customized solution that meets your needs.

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May 13, 2013

Competency-Based Evaluation Methods: A Solution for Adult Learners and Employers

Why do so many graduates of highly regarded institutions need unpaid internships in order to demonstrate job skills before an employer will hire them?

May 03, 2013

College for America and the Future of Adult Education

The Department of Education’s recent approval of the College for America program at Southern New Hampshire University has been exciting news for us around here at CAEL, as it affirms the work we’ve long been doing on behalf of adult learners striving for a degree.

May 02, 2013

The Emotional Impact of PLA

Not long ago, we conducted a survey of over 100 students enrolled in the LearningCounts program. Overall, the results lent much support to the effectiveness of prior learning assessment (PLA) in evaluating the skills and knowledge of adult students working towards degrees. But what particularly stood out for us was the emotional impact PLA had for learners.
April 02, 2013

Prior Learning Assessment: Making Learning Count

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