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What Happens When You Start Listening to the Adults in the Room?

Posted by Sean Hudson on Oct 2, 2018 10:47:00 AM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Adult Student Success, Student Expectations, Adult Learner 360, Adult Learning, Case Studies

We have been hearing more and more about “today’s students” and how they are much more likely to be older people who work and have significant family responsibilities. Some people also refer to these students as nontraditional, post-traditional or simply as adult learners. Regardless of what term is used, colleges and universities are starting to pay a lot more attention to these students, but many postsecondary institutions often wonder what they should be doing differently to meet the needs of today’s students.

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New CAEL Study Asks the Question: Do PLA Methods Matter?

Posted by Sean Hudson on Mar 5, 2018 1:26:43 PM

Topics: Prior Learning Assessments (PLA), Case Studies

That is a good question! Adult students earning credit through prior learning assessment (PLA) have higher rates of degree completion than non-PLA students. PLA can also be a valuable tool in helping adult students save both time and money towards earning a degree. But what about the specific method of PLA – is there a relationship between it and degree completion? Do we find there to be better outcomes for students using portfolio assessment as opposed to other methods? Our new report, Do Methods Matter? PLA, Portfolio Assessment, and the Road to Completion and Persistence, shares evidence that there may be one but acknowledges the complexities (and confounding factors) involved in this question as well.

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New University of Wisconsin-Extension Case Study Looks at Competency-Based Education Success

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Aug 9, 2017 3:49:42 PM

Topics: Case Studies, Competency Based Education (CBE)

Like its cousin prior learning assessment (PLA), competency-based education can be a highly effective model for helping students earn credit by demonstrating college-level learning gained from outside of the classroom. Also like PLA, to be successful, CBE must receive the right institutional support from stakeholders throughout a given college or university.

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Chaos and Adjustments in Higher Ed

Posted by Beth Doyle on Jan 26, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Topics: Adult Student Success, Best Practices, Trends in Higher Education, Student Expectations, Case Studies, Adult Learning, Assessment

There was a time, not too long ago, when moving into the freshman dorm was a rite of passage. Your fellow fresh-faced students might be highly diverse as to hometown, ethnicity, faith, experiences and socioeconomic status, but you could be sure there was one thing all would have in common: Everyone would be about 18 years old, straight out of high school.

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