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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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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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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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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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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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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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University of Akron Students Give a Look at the Nontraditional Student Experience

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

Topics: Student Expectations, Adult Learning, Student Advising and Coaching

Nontraditional students have a lot to gain by receiving a post-secondary degree or credential. As we all know, however, those same students face a number of unique challenges as they pursue their academic goals—challenges that, if unmet, could slow or even halt their progress entirely.

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Reinventing Career Services Webinar Recording Now Available

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Mar 17, 2017 4:29:18 PM

Topics: Adult Student Success, Trends in Higher Education, Adult Learning, Student Advising and Coaching, CAEL News, career development, Adult Learning Success

Earlier this month CAEL hosted a webinar, Reinventing Career Services, focusing on the career services renaissance taking place at higher education institution campuses across the country. Providing details around the career services trends we’ve been following, inspired by our efforts working with Miramar College in “reimagining” its campus career services, the webinar shared perspectives on the subject from both employers and colleges.

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National Adult Learner Coalition Representatives, Adult Learner Experts Lead Capitol Hill Panel

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Mar 15, 2017 12:18:33 PM

Topics: Best Practices, Trends in Higher Education, Partnerships, Adult Learning

As previously reported, CAEL has joined Presidents’ Forum, the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), and University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) to form the National Adult Learner Coalition. The Coalition’s goals are to modernize federal education and workforce policy to reflect the reality that the adult learner is the new normal; educate stakeholders on the value and needs of adult learners and innovative ways to serve them; and mobilize colleges and universities, employers, government, and other key constituencies to advance the adult learner.

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