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The leader in linking learning and work, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) pursues work at all levels within the public and private sectors to enhance learning opportunities for adults around the world.


At the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), everything we do supports one goal: Making it easier for people to get the education and training they need. We do this by finding practical ways to link people’s education to their jobs or future careers. We also support ways to link learning from their work and life experiences to their educational goals—so they earn their degrees and credentials faster. Here are the specific ways CAEL works to help adults get the education they need:


October 12, 2017
Come and learn from CAEL’s Workforce and Economic Development team about how successful communities have leveraged our work to support effective and strategic alignment of Workforce and Economic Development throughout the Midwest.
October 23, 2017
Faculty Assessor Training workshops prepare faculty to draw on introductory information and concepts about prior learning assessment and then serve as portfolio assessors.
November 15-17
Join us in the discussion about fostering adult student success at the CAEL 2017 Annual Conference, to be held at San Diego's Hotel del Coronado.
December 5, 2017
CAEL and Indiana University have developed an online, twelve-week, instructor-led course designed specifically for those who provide career and education advice to adults. The total anticipated contact time for this course is 90 contact hours (9 CEU’s for organizations awarding CEU’s for the instruction).


SEPTEMBER 14th, 2017
Read CAEL's latest report, What Happens When Learning Counts? – Measuring the Benefits of Prior Learning Assessment for the Adult Learner.
SEPTEMBER 5th, 2017

CAEL's Jennifer Groh recently spoke with Arkansas Online about how online degree programs are particularly well suited for adult students.

SEPTEMBER 1st, 2017
CAEL's Becky Klein-Collins shares her thoughts on Texas A&M Texarkana's innovative PLA program.
AUGUST 29th, 2017
CAEL's Becky Klein-Collins, associate vice president, research and policy development, spoke with Washington Monthly about Texas A&M University–Texarkana's PLA innovation.
AUGUST 21st, 2017
The “Forever GI Bill,” which contains several provisions to help modernize GI education benefits, has been signed into law. CAEL is a proud supporter of this legislation, advocating for its passage and encouraging its partners to do the same.
AUGUST 7th, 2017
McDonald’s has joined the large number of companies that pay for employees to attend college, with a relatively new tuition assistance benefit that includes some unusual features.
JULY 26th, 2017
CAEL has released its new report, "Financial Aid for Prior Learning Assessment: Early Successes and Lessons from the U.S. Department of Education’s Experimental Sites Initiative."
JULY 19th, 2017
In its latest thrust at the skills gap, JPMorgan Chase has announced BankingOnMyCareer.com.
JULY 17th, 2017
Building off its reputation as a leader in PLA development and advocacy, CAEL is introducing a PLA solution for a new audience: graduate students.
JULY 13th, 2017
JPMorgan Chase and CAEL have unveiled BankingOnMyCareer.com, helping New Yorkers find "middle-skilled" financial-services jobs
JULY 10, 2017
Now is the best time for higher education and its accreditors to invite a dialogue with United States Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about accreditation and quality oversight of higher education.
JUNE 28, 2017
CAEL's Valerie Delleville provides a look at how Texas A&M Texarkana has fostered a robust prior learning assessment (PLA) culture.
JUNE 28, 2017
CAEL has created Standards for Assessing Learning so that institutions can accurately assess and offer credit for students’ prior learning, whether it took place in a classroom or on the job.
JUNE 26, 2017
CAEL is bringing its Adult Learner Academy workshops to Philadelphia from August 1-3 at Orleans Technical College. The Adult Learner Academy strengthens institutions’ efforts to support nontraditional students.
JUNE 23, 2017
Many companies have long recognized the value of helping their employees reach their personal and professional goals through tuition reimbursement programs.
JUNE 23, 2017
CAEL has launched a tool that allows colleges and universities to measure their support of their adult students: Adult Learner 360.
JUNE 22, 2017
CAEL will provide unparalleled insight into the financial services industry to New York Metropolitan area job seekers through a new interactive career exploration tool.
JUNE 20, 2017
CAEL recently shared with Education Dive the need for higher ed institutions to more effectively address the unique learning styles of older, non-traditional students.
Adult Learner 360
JUNE 15, 2017
Adult Learner 360 compares colleges and universities’ effectiveness against adult students’ perceptions.