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

Jeannie McCarron is currently the Director of Higher Education at CAEL and serves on the Executive Board for CAP. 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: Adult Student Success, Trends in Higher Education, Prior Learning Assessments (PLA), Webinar

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

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, Partnerships, CAEL News, CAEL Members

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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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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