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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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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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Introducing Graduate-Level Prior Learning Assessment

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jul 11, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Prior Learning Assessments (PLA), CAEL News

Since the concept was developed in the 1970s, CAEL has been a leading advocate for prior learning assessment (PLA), a method of awarding credit for demonstrated evidence of prior learning. Now, building off its reputation as a leader in PLA development and advocacy, CAEL is introducing a PLA solution for a new audience: graduate students.

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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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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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WorkingNation Highlights CAEL’s Impact on the State of the Adult Learner

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Apr 6, 2017 12:19:31 PM

Topics: Success Stories, Adult Student Success, Best Practices, CAEL News

Last week, WorkingNation, a nonprofit campaign dedicated to developing solutions to unify the country to solve workforce issues, highlighted the state of the adult learner and how CAEL is helping higher education institutions, employers, communities and government to meet their needs.

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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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The Deadline for Proposals for CAEL’s 2017 Annual Conference is Fast Approaching!

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Mar 10, 2017 12:32:31 PM

Topics: Workforce Development, CAEL News, Adult Learning Success

It’s only March, but we’re already excited about CAEL’s 2017 Annual Conference!

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Call for Proposals: CAEL Forum and News Wants Your Insight!

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Feb 9, 2017 10:14:51 AM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Knowledge Transfer, CAEL News

Once a year, CAEL publishes a print issue of CAEL Forum and News, a publication that examines the world of the adult learner from multiple perspectives. Each issue provides expert insight into best practices, research and thought leadership on trends in education and the workforce as shared by CAEL staff, researchers and professors.  

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CAEL Joins Adult Learner Advocates to Create National Adult Learner Coalition

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Feb 6, 2017 4:39:04 PM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Partnerships, Adult Learning, CAEL News

CAEL is proud to announce that it is part of a group of four associations that have joined together with a unified message advocating for adult students and the higher education institutions that serve them. Along with support from Lumina Foundation, CAEL is joined by the Presidents’ Forum, the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) to form the National Adult Learner Coalition.

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