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Brian Sorenson

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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: Webinar, Adult Learner 360

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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The CAEL Forum and News Editorial Board is Seeking Article Proposals

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Feb 15, 2018 2:01:10 PM

Topics: CAEL Members, Trends in Higher Education, Adult Student Success, Knowledge Transfer

The CAEL Forum and News publishes one print issue per year and the Forum and News Editorial Board is now seeking article proposals for the 2018 print issue, which will be published in late Fall 2018. The focus of this issue will be three of CAEL’s Ten Principles for Effectively Serving Adult Learners.

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CAEL 2018 International Conference Call for Proposals

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jan 16, 2018 3:32:27 PM

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

CAEL seeks presenters for the CAEL 2018 International Conference. We invite submissions that expand the understanding of how to best support adult and other underserved learners, and the rapidly evolving workforce, to help them reach educational and professional development goals. The submission deadline is March 31, 2018.

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First-of-its-kind Study Confirms: Education Advising is Essential

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Oct 6, 2017 11:05:00 AM

Topics: Student Expectations, Trends in Higher Education, Student Advising and Coaching

Stakeholders in higher education and employers alike agree: The choices students make in higher education will have a significant impact on their career trajectories. It follows, then, that students would also greatly benefit when they have access to advising which they can harness to make informed choices.

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Supporting Adult Learners to Support Our Economy

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Sep 25, 2017 11:00:00 AM

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

Fresh off the release of the publication’s 2017 Best Colleges for Adult Learners rankings, which for the second consecutive year have drawn attention to adult learners, Washington Monthly has highlighted another important facet of the national conversation on adult learners: the vital importance of supporting adult students in order to remove the much-discussed skills gap that keeps employers and community stakeholders alike up at night.

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As Americans Lose Faith in College, Let’s Change Their Understanding of What College Can Be

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Sep 13, 2017 1:23:49 PM

Topics: Adult Learning, Trends in Higher Education

Last week, results from a poll conducted by NBC News and Wall Street Journal highlighted a finding that is sure to unnerve, if not surprise, advocates for higher education: For some populations, the prospect of earning a four-year college degree is no longer seen as being worth the effort.

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Congratulations to Washington Monthly’s 2017 Best Colleges for Adult Learners!

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Aug 31, 2017 10:27:47 AM

Topics: Adult Learning, Best Practices, Success Stories

Last September, Washington Monthly made waves in the world of adult learning when it released its inaugural ranking of Best Colleges for Adult Learners. The ranking was important for many reasons. For the millions of adult students in the U.S., the ranking served as validation that their needs deserve to be met by higher ed institutions. By issuing the rankings, Washington Monthly also gave mainstream recognition to the idea that adult learners really are the “new normal” when it comes to student demographics.

This week, Washington Monthly released its annual college guide and rankings, again including Best Colleges for Adult Learners rankings for two- and four-year colleges

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How Collaboration Can Win the Day for Competency-Based Education

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Aug 16, 2017 10:10:39 AM

Topics: Competency Based Education (CBE), Partnerships

Since its founding 43 years ago, CAEL has advocated for solutions to link learning and work. As the concept of the knowledge economy (PDF) increasingly motivates higher ed institutions and employers to innovate learning opportunities, colleges and universities are implementing solutions that get at the heart of this relationship between higher education and the workforce.

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New University of Wisconsin-Extension Case Study Looks at Competency-Based Education Success

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Aug 9, 2017 3:49:42 PM

Topics: Case Studies, Competency Based Education (CBE)

Like its cousin prior learning assessment (PLA), competency-based education can be a highly effective model for helping students earn credit by demonstrating college-level learning gained from outside of the classroom. Also like PLA, to be successful, CBE must receive the right institutional support from stakeholders throughout a given college or university.

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Reaching the Promise of the Pell Grant

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jul 31, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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

The Pell Grant has been a vital form of financial assistance for millions of students since the program was first offered to students in 1972. But as the national conversation on higher education continues to focus on increasing access for underserved populations, advocates for affordable postsecondary education are raising awareness for the need to better support the Pell Grant.

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