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Accelerated Programs: A Critical Piece of the Adult Learner Equation

Posted by Jeannie McCarron on Sep 21, 2018 5:02:08 PM

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

Jeannie McCarron is currently the Director of Higher Education at CAEL and serves on the Executive Board for CAP. She'll join us as a featured speaker at the 2018 CAEL International Conference in Cleveland, which runs from November 13 to 16.

CAP officially joined CAEL on July 1, 2018.


I had the wondrous opportunity to work with accelerated program leaders, administrators and faculty when I served as Director of the Council for Accelerated Programs (CAP) for almost 12 years. I was continually struck by the sheer tenacity of this group—a group of resilient professionals whose work was often viewed as “lesser quality” compared to those working in traditional programs. I watched this group hold firm in their beliefs that these programs were of the highest possible quality and served a population of learners who needed this format to achieve their goals and earn the credentials they deeply desired. Although there were times of enhanced scrutiny due to new regulations and a focus on the credit hour and Carnegie Unit, this team of warriors held steadfast and kept going, improving, serving. These professionals kept their eye on the ball and kept playing—and achieving.

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Making Higher Education More Accessible

Posted by Scott Campbell on Aug 14, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Adult Learning Success

In 2014 at the CAEL International Conference CAEL’s past CEO and President Pamela Tate delivered her vision for CAEL when it reaches its 50th anniversary. She envisioned a time in the not-so-distant future where adult learners would no longer face the barriers they currently face. She saw a time when most colleges and universities will recognize learning from all sources; a time where adults from all socio-economic classes can build the skills they need for a lifetime of employment; and a nation that would recognize that adults are as important as traditional students in the workforce pipeline are.

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The Benefits of Collaboration in Higher Education

Posted by Scott Campbell on Jul 27, 2018 11:45:00 AM

Topics: Adult Learning Success, Best Practices

Collaboration and innovation are the new buzzwords in higher education. However, what do they really mean to the faculty and staff on the ground at higher education institutions? There is more than a little fear associated with these words. These words often come with change and people are resistant to change. According to the Harvard Business Review, people see change through the lens of uncertainty, loss of control and potentially, more work.

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Optimism in Higher Education; Reshaping the Narrative

Posted by Laurie ShoulterKarall on Jul 23, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Topics: Adult Learning Success, Trends in Higher Education

HundrED, a non-profit organization that discovers inspiring innovations in K-12 education, has a list of the top 100 worldwide education innovations for each year. They seek out innovations in K-12 to document and share in the hopes of inspiring other schools to copy or create new ones. Meanwhile, the reports about post-secondary education seem to be mired in unsolvable problems, attacks from politicians and the general outlook that it is the end of higher education.

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You Say You Want a (Learning) Revolution

Posted by Laurie ShoulterKarall on Jun 1, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Topics: Adult Learning Success, Structural Approaches to Learning

The PEW Research Center rocked the higher education universe last year when it published the results of a survey titled Sharp Partisan Divisions in the Views of National Institutions (PDF). While the report looked at a variety of institutions, including the news media and religious organizations, colleges and universities drew the most explosive response. The survey results indicated that, while 55 percent of the public saw the positive effects of colleges and universities, 58 percent of the Republicans polled reported that colleges and universities have a negative effect on the United States. Immediately, institutional leaders, politicians, scholars and policy advocates chose sides and took up arms. The revolution had begun.

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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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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: Adult Learning Success, Trends in Higher Education, 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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Reaching the Promise of the Pell Grant

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jul 31, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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

The Pell Grant has been a vital form of financial assistance for millions of students since the program was first offered to students in 1972. But as the national conversation on higher education continues to focus on increasing access for underserved populations, advocates for affordable postsecondary education are raising awareness for the need to better support the Pell Grant.

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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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CAEL’s Adult Learner Academy is Coming to Philadelphia!

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

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

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

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