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How does your institution attract and engage adult learners?

Posted by Valerie Delleville on Oct 11, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Topics: Adult Learning, Structural Approaches to Learning

Adult learners are not a population to ignore: there are nearly 37 million of them in the U.S. with some college and no degree. This total doesn’t even consider the millions of adult learners who are seeking out first time enrollment in post-secondary programs. When compared to the expected 2019 high school graduation population of 3.6 million, it becomes obvious why adult learners are so critical to any institution’s sustainability.

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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 Importance of a Prior Learning Assessment Process Mapping Checklist

Posted by Scott Campbell on Apr 17, 2018 4:11:28 PM

Topics: Prior Learning Assessments (PLA), Structural Approaches to Learning

Prior learning assessment (PLA) can be a very effective way for encouraging adult students to persist toward meeting higher education completion goals. Vital for the success of an institution’s implementation of PLA, however, is the establishment of a means of capturing current PLA processes and providing a framework to improve PLA offerings. This process, known as PLA Process Mapping, provides a structured approach that can remove the burden of maintaining a strong PLA program institution-wide.

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Adapting Today’s Higher Education Policies for Today’s Students

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jun 7, 2017 3:59:40 PM

Topics: Webinar, Partnerships, Structural Approaches to Learning

Much has been made about changing face of higher education. In fact, CAEL’s very existence is owed to the recognition that the number of older learners in pursuit of a postsecondary degree or credential is growing and needs support. Yet as this recognition becomes increasingly mainstream, one facet of adult learner support continues to lags behind, says Peter McPherson: higher ed policy.

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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: Partnerships, CAEL News, Structural Approaches to Learning

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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How Pre-Enrollment Advising Helps Colleges Market to Adult Students

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Dec 20, 2016 10:01:03 AM

Topics: Adult Learning, Student Advising and Coaching, Structural Approaches to Learning

In his article in volume two of the 2015 CAEL Forum and News, Kevin Ezzell, Director of Accelerated & Graduate Programs at Albright College, shared his thoughts on how pre-enrollment advising can help students succeed at both two- and four-year institutions. Throughout the article, Pre-Enrollment Advising Can Be Your Strongest Marketing Tool, Ezzell discussed the importance of pre-advising, a proactive approach in working with prospective transfer students to provide guidance throughout their time at their community college.

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The Rise in Student Expectations

Posted by Beth Doyle on Jan 20, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Topics: Structural Approaches to Learning, Adult Student Success, Best Practices, Trends in Higher Education, Student Expectations

Adult learners need and expect certain things from their instructors. What can institutions do to meet the rising expectations of students? Crafting a learning plan with some key thoughts in mind can create a productive, positive environment that enables students of all ages and backgrounds to build their careers.

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