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Brian Sorenson

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New CAEL Report: The Case for Prior Learning Assessment Financial Aid

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jul 25, 2017 12:38:47 PM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Adult Learning, CAEL News, Tuition

Prior learning assessment (PLA) works.

For decades, PLA has proven to be an effective method for helping students meet completion goals, increasingly the likelihood of graduation to a rate of two-and-a-half times greater than that of non-PLA students. Students who take advantage of PLA have also shown on average to take an additional 9.9 credits more than their counterparts who have not made use of PLA¹.

Yet despite these benefits, there has yet to be a policy to provide federal financial assistance for PLA.

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The Unsung Hero for Adult Students: Child Care Services

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jul 24, 2017 10:32:24 AM

Topics: Best Practices, Student Expectations

A 2014 study (PDF) by the Institute for Women's Policy Research showed that almost five million undergraduate students—26 percent of all students—are raising children. This, Women Employed senior policy associate Sarah Labadie says, makes a recent budget proposal which would end the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program especially harmful for adult learners.

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GI Bill Update Would Increase Access to Higher Learning for Veterans

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jul 21, 2017 9:35:31 AM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Veterans, Military-Connected Student

First offered in 1944 to assist veterans returning from duty during World War 2, the GI Bill has helped millions of veterans buy homes, start businesses and complete degree programs. This week, the House of Representatives’ Committee on Veterans’ Affairs met to discuss changes to the bill to make taking advantage of its tuition benefits easier for veterans.

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CAEL and CAP: A Unique Partnership Brings CAEL’s Adult Learner Academy to Philadelphia

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jul 12, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Success Stories, Adult Learner Academy

Next month CAEL’s Adult Learner Academy will come to Philadelphia, courtesy of a special partnership that will shed light on some of the most effective ways to reach adult students. CAEL will be hosting the professional development workshops along with The Council for Accelerated Programs (CAP), a membership organization that serves professionals who lead, teach and conduct research in accelerated programs in higher education.

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Introducing Graduate-Level Prior Learning Assessment

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jul 11, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Prior Learning Assessments (PLA), CAEL News

Since the concept was developed in the 1970s, CAEL has been a leading advocate for prior learning assessment (PLA), a method of awarding credit for demonstrated evidence of prior learning. Now, building off its reputation as a leader in PLA development and advocacy, CAEL is introducing a PLA solution for a new audience: graduate students.

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Prior Learning Assessment Done Right: A Look at Texas A&M Texarkana’s PLA Program

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jul 5, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Best Practices, Trends in Higher Education, Prior Learning Assessments (PLA)

As a longtime advocate for prior learning assessment (PLA), CAEL takes great pride in being able to recognize colleges and universities that have implemented PLA in ways that are especially effective for reaching adult students. CAEL’s Director of Partnership Development Valerie Delleville recently did exactly that, providing a case study in The Journal of Continuing Higher Education on how Texas A&M University Texarkana’s (TAMUT) PLA offerings deserve accolades.

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Honoring CAEL’s First Employee, Diana Bamford-Rees

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jun 30, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Topics: CAEL News, Adult Learning Success

When CAEL was founded in 1974 as a research project of the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Diana Bamford-Rees was CAEL’s first employee. For CAEL’s first three years, Bamford-Rees worked on the CAEL project as an employee of ETS. When CAEL spun off from the project and became its own organization in 1977, Morris Keeton took on the executive director position and asked Bamford-Rees to join him. Since then, Bamford-Rees has held multiple positions at CAEL, from executive assistant, to managing CAEL’s South Africa initiative. Most recently, Bamford-Rees was an associate vice president at CAEL, responsible for CAEL’s annual conferences, special events and workshops.

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Conversations with George Pruitt

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jun 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Success Stories, Adult Student Success

Last week we highlighted the work of George Pruitt, retiring president of Thomas Edison State College, former CAEL employee and Board member, and longtime advocate of innovating higher ed as a means of increasing access to higher learning.

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CAEL’s Adult Learner Academy is Coming to Philadelphia!

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jun 22, 2017 4:41:09 PM

Topics: Best Practices, Knowledge Transfer, Adult Learning Success, Adult Learner Academy

Are you looking to gain the latest insight into today’s learner?

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A Salute to George Pruitt, Online Learning Pioneer and Adult Learner Advocate

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jun 20, 2017 1:22:54 PM

Topics: Best Practices, Trends in Higher Education, Adult Learning, The Growth of Adaptive Learning

Today, online learning is ubiquitous. According SR Education Group’s Guide to Online Schools, there are 23,342 unique programs from online schools, encompassing more than 130 distinct subjects from the associate to doctoral level. Given the increased number of adult students, who would naturally be attracted to online courses for the convenience they provide, the precipitous growth of e-learning is unsurprising.

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