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Making Higher Education More Accessible

Posted by Scott Campbell on Aug 14, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Adult Learning Success

In 2014 at the CAEL International Conference CAEL’s past CEO and President Pamela Tate delivered her vision for CAEL when it reaches its 50th anniversary. She envisioned a time in the not-so-distant future where adult learners would no longer face the barriers they currently face. She saw a time when most colleges and universities will recognize learning from all sources; a time where adults from all socio-economic classes can build the skills they need for a lifetime of employment; and a nation that would recognize that adults are as important as traditional students in the workforce pipeline are.

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The Benefits of Collaboration in Higher Education

Posted by Scott Campbell on Jul 27, 2018 11:45:00 AM

Topics: Best Practices, Adult Learning Success

Collaboration and innovation are the new buzzwords in higher education. However, what do they really mean to the faculty and staff on the ground at higher education institutions? There is more than a little fear associated with these words. These words often come with change and people are resistant to change. According to the Harvard Business Review, people see change through the lens of uncertainty, loss of control and potentially, more work.

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Optimism in Higher Education; Reshaping the Narrative

Posted by Laurie ShoulterKarall on Jul 23, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Adult Learning Success

HundrED, a non-profit organization that discovers inspiring innovations in K-12 education, has a list of the top 100 worldwide education innovations for each year. They seek out innovations in K-12 to document and share in the hopes of inspiring other schools to copy or create new ones. Meanwhile, the reports about post-secondary education seem to be mired in unsolvable problems, attacks from politicians and the general outlook that it is the end of higher education.

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You Say You Want a (Learning) Revolution

Posted by Laurie ShoulterKarall on Jun 1, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Topics: Structural Approaches to Learning, Adult Learning Success

The PEW Research Center rocked the higher education universe last year when it published the results of a survey titled Sharp Partisan Divisions in the Views of National Institutions (PDF). While the report looked at a variety of institutions, including the news media and religious organizations, colleges and universities drew the most explosive response. The survey results indicated that, while 55 percent of the public saw the positive effects of colleges and universities, 58 percent of the Republicans polled reported that colleges and universities have a negative effect on the United States. Immediately, institutional leaders, politicians, scholars and policy advocates chose sides and took up arms. The revolution had begun.

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Time for a Paradigm Shift on Higher Education Equity

Posted by Scott Campbell on May 8, 2018 11:05:04 AM

Topics: Adult Student Success, Student Expectations

According to Reframing the Question of Equity, we may be missing an opportunity to advance equity in higher education if we do not begin to pay attention to the growing population of part-time students, many of whom attend community colleges.

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The Importance of a Prior Learning Assessment Process Mapping Checklist

Posted by Scott Campbell on Apr 17, 2018 4:11:28 PM

Topics: Structural Approaches to Learning, Prior Learning Assessments (PLA)

Prior learning assessment (PLA) can be a very effective way for encouraging adult students to persist toward meeting higher education completion goals. Vital for the success of an institution’s implementation of PLA, however, is the establishment of a means of capturing current PLA processes and providing a framework to improve PLA offerings. This process, known as PLA Process Mapping, provides a structured approach that can remove the burden of maintaining a strong PLA program institution-wide.

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Financial Aid and Adult Students; the Elephant in the Room

Posted by Laurie ShoulterKarall on Apr 10, 2018 11:30:00 AM

Topics: Adult Learner 360, Financial Aid

Americans owe over $1.4 trillion in student loan debt. Many economists have suggested that it is $600 BILLION more than the total of U.S. credit card debt. Women hold nearly two-thirds of the U.S. student debt―roughly more than $800 billion.

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Making The Adult-Friendly Dean

Posted by Scott Campbell on Apr 6, 2018 2:22:45 PM

Topics: Adult Student Success, Prior Learning Assessments (PLA), Adult Learner 360

“Everybody's talking at me, I don't hear a word they're saying” are song lyrics that easily describe adults who are considering beginning, restarting or completing their higher education goals.

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How Can Higher Ed Better Serve Adults? Our March 29 Webinar May Have an Answer

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Mar 19, 2018 9:30:24 AM

Topics: Adult Learner 360, Webinar

Since it was first offered, Adult Learner 360 has helped higher education institutions nationwide assess, implement and revise strategies for meeting the needs of adults--a rapidly growing population of students that colleges and universities can ill afford to ignore.

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New CAEL Study Asks the Question: Do PLA Methods Matter?

Posted by Sean Hudson on Mar 5, 2018 1:26:43 PM

Topics: Prior Learning Assessments (PLA), Case Studies

That is a good question! Adult students earning credit through prior learning assessment (PLA) have higher rates of degree completion than non-PLA students. PLA can also be a valuable tool in helping adult students save both time and money towards earning a degree. But what about the specific method of PLA – is there a relationship between it and degree completion? Do we find there to be better outcomes for students using portfolio assessment as opposed to other methods? Our new report, Do Methods Matter? PLA, Portfolio Assessment, and the Road to Completion and Persistence, shares evidence that there may be one but acknowledges the complexities (and confounding factors) involved in this question as well.

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