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Brian Sorenson

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DoED Signals Support for Transparency Initiative College Scorecard

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jun 15, 2017 3:44:21 PM

Topics: Transparency, Trends in Higher Education

The Department of Education will retain College Scorecard, an initiative that helps prospective students make informed enrollment decisions by providing easy access to data about institutions’ graduation outcomes, reports Inside Higher Ed. Data provided by College Scorecard highlights factors like the debt burden carried by a college or university’s graduates, allowing would-be students to weigh factors that would have an impact on their lives long after graduation.

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Colorado Veterans Get Good News with Passing of Prior Learning Bill

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jun 13, 2017 3:50:05 PM

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

Last month, we highlighted Colorado veterans’ efforts to encourage their state to adopt a policy that would require state colleges and universities to recognize credit for prior military service. According to the Denver Post, those efforts have been successful: Colorado gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law that will do precisely that.  

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University of Utah’s Degree-Plus Program Renews the Debate about what a Degree Should Provide

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jun 9, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Workforce Development, Trends in Higher Education, Student Expectations

From Inside Higher Ed comes news about a unique new program at the University of Utah that’s sure to continue the long running debate about liberal arts education and the role of higher education in preparing students for jobs.

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CAEL’s Adult Learner 360 Now Giving Schools a 360° View of their Adult Student Population

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jun 8, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Topics: Adult Student Success, Adult Learning, Adult Learner 360

Many colleges and universities strive to ensure a high level of institutional support for their population of adult students, and for good reason. As the populations of adult and other nontraditional students continue to grow, higher education institutions rightly see fostering a high level of support for those students as being essential to support their own growth plans.

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Adapting Today’s Higher Education Policies for Today’s Students

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jun 7, 2017 3:59:40 PM

Topics: Structural Approaches to Learning, Partnerships, Webinar

Much has been made about changing face of higher education. In fact, CAEL’s very existence is owed to the recognition that the number of older learners in pursuit of a postsecondary degree or credential is growing and needs support. Yet as this recognition becomes increasingly mainstream, one facet of adult learner support continues to lags behind, says Peter McPherson: higher ed policy.

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How Goodwill is Helping Adults Earn a High School Education

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

Topics: Success Stories, Best Practices, Trends in Higher Education, Adult Learning Success

Too often, the conversation about supporting adults’ attainment of a degree or credential presupposes that all have received a high school diploma. Yet while 88 percent of Americans have completed high school, those who haven’t face low wages and high levels of unemployment. Worse, most states set a cap on the age a student can receive a high school diploma, leaving older learners in a position where their options for educational attainment are limited.

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Study: When Credits Transfer, Community College Students Save On Four-Year Degrees

Posted by Brian Sorenson on May 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Adult Student Success, Best Practices, Trends in Higher Education, Knowledge Transfer

In March, we shared a recent report by the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment which found that, contrary to preconceived notions, an associate degree alone could help recipients increase their earning potential.

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Join Us June 20 for CAEL’s Policy and Advocacy Agenda Webinar

Posted by Brian Sorenson on May 24, 2017 11:13:55 AM

Topics: Structural Approaches to Learning, Partnerships, CAEL News

For more than 42 years, CAEL has been a vocal advocate for nontraditional students everywhere. Working with colleges and universities, state and local governments, and other stakeholders, CAEL has lead the conversation on the creation and implementation of policies that support adult educational attainment.

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New Bill Seeks to Create Transparency in Higher Education

Posted by Brian Sorenson on May 19, 2017 3:09:53 PM

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

In today’s divisive political climate, it’s rare to see officials reach a consensus across party lines. That makes the recent bipartisan efforts to increase transparency of data pertaining to college outcomes all the more significant.

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Tennessee Makes Good on a Promise by Making Community College Free for Adults

Posted by Brian Sorenson on May 15, 2017 2:22:20 PM

Topics: Success Stories, Adult Learning Success, Tuition

Last month we noted that Tennessee was looking to expand its efforts to offer tuition-free access to state community colleges to include adult students as well. Last week, state lawmakers approved the legislation to expand that access, through its Tennessee Promise program, providing new education opportunities to thousands of students.

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