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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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Section 127 in Peril: A Frightening New Threat Looms for Adult Learners

Posted by Amy Sherman on Nov 7, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Adult Learning, Tuition

Working learners are likely to be big losers under the House’s new tax bill which would eliminate several important tax credits that support working and part-time students.  One of those changes is the elimination of Section 127, which makes employer-provided tuition assistance tax exempt.

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

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

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

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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CAEL's New Study Answers the Question: What Happens When Learning Counts?

Posted by Sean Hudson on Sep 14, 2017 9:29:36 AM

Topics: Success Stories, Trends in Higher Education, Prior Learning Assessments (PLA), CAEL News

Several things, actually. Prior learning assessment (PLA) provides a way for adult students to accelerate their degree completion as well as create a new way to engage in the learning process. While this may be old news for some—seven years ago, CAEL’s Fueling the Race to Postsecondary Success: A 48-Institution Study of Prior Learning Assessment and Adult Student Outcomes found that adult students with PLA credit were two and a half times more likely to have earned a postsecondary degree than similar students with no PLA credit. Since then, replication studies have found the same results and researchers have documented other benefits to PLA such as increased self-confidence and motivation.

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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: Trends in Higher Education, Adult Learning

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: Success Stories, Best Practices, Adult Learning

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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Why the Forever GI Bill is a Victory for Veterans and Higher Ed

Posted by Amy Sherman on Aug 21, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Topics: Veterans, Military-Connected Student

The “Forever GI Bill,” which contains several provisions to help modernize GI education benefits, was signed into law last week as the Harry W Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (PDF). CAEL is a proud supporter of this legislation, advocating for its passage and encouraging our partners to do the same through our higher education networks.  

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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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