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How does your institution attract and engage adult learners?

Posted by Valerie Delleville on Oct 11, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Topics: Adult Learning, Structural Approaches to Learning

Adult learners are not a population to ignore: there are nearly 37 million of them in the U.S. with some college and no degree. This total doesn’t even consider the millions of adult learners who are seeking out first time enrollment in post-secondary programs. When compared to the expected 2019 high school graduation population of 3.6 million, it becomes obvious why adult learners are so critical to any institution’s sustainability.

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America’s Employers Value Skills and Experience

Posted by Carol D'Amico on Oct 8, 2018 10:32:00 AM

Topics: Adult Learning, Employee Training, Talent Management, Employee Retention

Carol D'Amico is the executive vice president of mission advancement and philanthropy for the Strada Education Network. She is is a nationally recognized expert in designing and leading strategies related to higher education, workforce development and business-led involvement in education reform.
 
Join Carol D’Amico this November at the 2018 CAEL International Conference as she explores these insights and shares new findings from Strada and Gallup’s research on pathways from education to employment.
 

 
There’s good news for experiential learners! Hiring professionals focus on a job applicant’s personal and technical skills, their interview presentation and previous work experience when making hiring decisions, according to a new national survey of employers commissioned by the Strada Education Network and conducted by Gallup. This will come as no surprise to CAEL members, who understand the often-overlooked value of previous work experience. This is just one finding about the value and relevance of experiential learning from the survey of employers commissioned by the Strada Education Network and conducted by Gallup.
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Is There an App for That? The New Age of Career Services Is here

Posted by Sean Hudson on Oct 4, 2018 10:40:00 AM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Adult Student Success, Advising Resource Center, Student Expectations, Student Advising and Coaching, Career Services

The old career services model—where students seek out help with job searches, resume writing and career preparation—was never all that exciting or engaging for students in years past, and chances are that many of the career services offered today haven’t changed much, other than using new high-tech tools and directing students to online job postings. The truth is that, historically speaking, colleges haven’t made career services a big priority.

Students can tell. In fact, according to a recent survey by the Strada Education Network and Gallup, nearly 4 in every 10 college students have never visited their colleges’ career offices or used their resources.

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What Happens When You Start Listening to the Adults in the Room?

Posted by Sean Hudson on Oct 2, 2018 10:47:00 AM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Adult Student Success, Student Expectations, Adult Learner 360, Adult Learning, Case Studies

We have been hearing more and more about “today’s students” and how they are much more likely to be older people who work and have significant family responsibilities. Some people also refer to these students as nontraditional, post-traditional or simply as adult learners. Regardless of what term is used, colleges and universities are starting to pay a lot more attention to these students, but many postsecondary institutions often wonder what they should be doing differently to meet the needs of today’s students.

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Modeling One's Own Racism

Posted by Stephen Brookfield on Oct 1, 2018 11:37:08 AM

Topics: Student Stories, Adult Learning, Employee Training

Dr. Stephen D. Brookfield is the John Ireland Endowed Chair at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, where he recently won the university's Diversity Leadership Teaching & Research Award. In 2008 he was awarded the Morris T. Keeton Award from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning for "significant contributions to the field of adult and experiential learning."
 
He'll join us as a featured speaker at the 2018 CAEL International Conference in Cleveland, which runs from November 13 to 16.
 

 
Learning to lead, particularly where racist dynamics are concerned, is a complex task. Leaders are adult learners, constantly learning about the practice of leadership and also trying to support the learning of adult colleagues. But our attempts to help the people we work with to move forward in their understanding of racism can backfire if we are not critically reflective about our own practice. The brief story below illustrates this.
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Accelerated Programs: A Critical Piece of the Adult Learner Equation

Posted by Jeannie McCarron on Sep 21, 2018 5:02:08 PM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Adult Student Success, Adult Learning Success

Jeannie McCarron is currently the Director of Higher Education at CAEL and serves on the Executive Board for CAP. She'll join us as a featured speaker at the 2018 CAEL International Conference in Cleveland, which runs from November 13 to 16.

CAP officially joined CAEL on July 1, 2018.


I had the wondrous opportunity to work with accelerated program leaders, administrators and faculty when I served as Director of the Council for Accelerated Programs (CAP) for almost 12 years. I was continually struck by the sheer tenacity of this group—a group of resilient professionals whose work was often viewed as “lesser quality” compared to those working in traditional programs. I watched this group hold firm in their beliefs that these programs were of the highest possible quality and served a population of learners who needed this format to achieve their goals and earn the credentials they deeply desired. Although there were times of enhanced scrutiny due to new regulations and a focus on the credit hour and Carnegie Unit, this team of warriors held steadfast and kept going, improving, serving. These professionals kept their eye on the ball and kept playing—and achieving.

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Wasted Talent: Ending Knowledge Discrimination

Posted by Peter Smith on Sep 12, 2018 2:29:58 PM

Topics: Webinar, Trends in Higher Education, Prior Learning Assessments (PLA), Adult Student Success

Dr. Peter Smith is a founding board member of CAEL, and he'll discuss issues related to the world of adult learning at CAEL International Conference 2018, which takes place from November 13 to 16 in Cleveland!


It is time for a national discussion about talent, learning and employment. The subjects of this conversation are the millions of adults in America today with significant talent and knowledge, but no certificate or degree. The people who can do something about it are educators, entrepreneurs and employers. We are used to thinking about higher education as an opportunity for the individual. But it has become a necessity for the economic future of our country as well.

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Refine Your Tuition Assistance Program: Provide Support, Guidance and Maximum Choice

Posted by Lynn Schroeder on Sep 5, 2018 3:46:50 PM

Topics: Advising Resource Center, Tuition, Tuition Reimbursement, Student Advising and Coaching, Best Practices

It’s widely understood that tuition assistance programs provide a win-win benefit for both employers and employees; workers see their company as an employer of choice for providing educational resources and career opportunities, while employers benefit from improved employee engagement, retention, and knowledge and skills development.

Because of these benefits, employers are accelerating their commitments to offer and reshape educational resources for workers. How can businesses ensure that they’re providing the greatest benefit for their employees while realizing a substantial return on their investment?

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Adult Learners and Institutions Recognized in Washington Monthly's College Guide & Rankings

Posted by Marie Cini on Aug 30, 2018 2:30:43 PM

Topics: Adult Student Success, Trends in Higher Education, CAEL Members, CAEL News, Partnerships

The postsecondary learning landscape is changing, and adult learners are starting to be recognized across the world of higher education. In recent media articles, we’ve seen evidence of both the change in learners and in the institutions serving them.

This week, Washington Monthly’s 2018 College Guide & Rankings included its third annual ranking of the institutions that serve adult learners. I’m proud of our collaboration with the magazine, which dates back to 2016, when the CAEL team joined forces with Washington Monthly to advise them on the metrics that might be used to identify America’s best colleges for adult learners.

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Where’s MY Data?

Posted by Laurie ShoulterKarall on Aug 29, 2018 11:30:00 AM

Topics: Adult Student Success, Trends in Higher Education

There is a plethora of data being collected about everyone and everything. Every time you log onto Google or Amazon or Facebook, your data profile grows larger. Search for recycled product and offers for everything from organic produce to reusable straws will appear in your email and Amazon recommendations. The question is, does the analytical powers of data collection have any real measurable impact on the items that you purchase in the future? Is the collected and stored data changing our consumer habits? Or, like commercial television advertisements, are we learning to ignore the messages?

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