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Scott Campbell

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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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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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The Huge Costs of the PROSPER Act for Students, Institutions

Posted by Scott Campbell on Dec 13, 2017 12:47:05 PM

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

“Results are what you expect, and consequences are what you get.” While the author of that quote is unknown, he or she might well have been looking at the proposed rewrite of the Higher Education Act. The Promoting Real Opportunity, Success and Prosperity Through Education Reform or PROSPER Act has advanced from the House education committee to the full chamber. In the tumult of Tweets, elections, tax reform and resignations, this 500-page plus act has received very little public review. There are positive elements but there are also actions that could have dire consequences for higher education institutions and the students who attend them.

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Entering the Ring as Higher Education and Employers Face Off

Posted by Scott Campbell on Dec 5, 2017 11:50:56 AM

Topics: Workforce Development, Knowledge Transfer, Adult Learning

The crowd files into the classroom. As they take their seats, the contenders emerge and go to their respective corners. In this corner, the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) of Universities and Colleges. Their opponent, hiring managers and employers. The stakes are high for the audience of adult learners who have returned to college, balancing financial and family obligations with the potential benefits of degree completion.

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How the Right Approach Can Help Institutions Prosper in a Tumultuous Higher Ed Landscape

Posted by Scott Campbell on Nov 10, 2017 1:50:54 PM

Topics: Adult Student Success

At the end of October, Capella Education Co. and Strayer Education Co announced that they are merging into a new entity to be called Strategic Education.

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Enrollment Down, Debt Up; How Increasing the Focus on Adult Students Will Reverse the Trend

Posted by Scott Campbell on Oct 16, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Adult Learning Success, Adult Learner 360

Inside Higher Ed, in collaboration with Gallup, recently released the 2017 Survey of College and University Admission Directors. The news was not good since only about one third of senior admissions officers indicated that they had meet their enrollment goals by the traditional May 1 deadline. The survey looks at enrollment from multiple perspectives including international student recruitment, the effect of social media activity by potential students and the viability of tuition-free college programs.

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Data Analysis Holds Key to Predictive Modeling

Posted by Scott Campbell on Sep 7, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Adult Student Success

For years, predictive modeling has been used by a wide range of companies and organizations to determine the statistical probability that an event will occur. Historically, the process has been embraced primarily by businesses, insurance agencies, and health professionals.

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Why PLA is Significant for Improving Graduation Rates

Posted by Scott Campbell on Aug 24, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Adult Learning

Non-traditional students are enrolling in ever-increasing numbers. These adult learners are older than 25, often hold a full-time job, and may be married or have children. The challenge facing higher education — and the nation — is that many students, both traditional and non-traditional, are failing to complete degrees.

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What’s on the Learning Horizon?

Posted by Scott Campbell on Aug 17, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education

New and exciting developments are on the horizon for the adult-learning agenda in the next two decades. Technology and innovative programs are turning learning into an adventure that can create competent, confident workers in all sectors of the economy.
Change is all around us. There has been an onslaught of innovations and technological upheavals that have taken shape in just the last decade. For those of us in highereducation, the winds of change are blowing faster and heavier than ever.

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