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What Surveying Our Customers Taught Us About Our Adult Learner Survey Tool

Posted by Carlo Bertolini

Topics: Adult Learner 360

What Surveying Our Customers Taught Us About Our Adult Learner Survey Tool 

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Art Chickering and the Adult Learner Movement: Reflections on the Modern American College and Its Connection to CAEL's Work Today

Posted by Beth Doyle

Topics: Adult Learning

October, 2020

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A Tribute to Arthur W. Chickering (1927-2020)

Posted by Catherine Marienau

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On August 15, the adult learning community lost an icon. Arthur Chickering – known to his friends and colleagues as Chick – was instrumental in many of the activities that led to the formation of CAEL in 1974. Catherine Marienau shared this reflection on Chick for the CAEL community.

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The Future Is Here: New Brief Examines Enhanced Role of Learning Recognition

Posted by CAEL

Topics: Prior Learning Assessments (PLA), Social justice, WICHE, COVID-19

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has published the latest in a series of briefs that are part of a landscape analysis made possible by funding from Strada Education Network and Lumina Foundation. The studies focus on policy and practice issues related to the recognition of prior learning. 

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Inclusive Development Network Proving Timely and Effective

Posted by IEDC

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Since its launch in March of last year, the Inclusive Development Network (IDN) has counted IEDC among its partner organizations. The IDN’s mission is collaborating with communities to close equity gaps. True to its name, the IDN furthers this goal through inclusive workforce and economic development strategies to reach underserved adults.

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CAEL, League for Innovation in the Community College to Host Virtual Learning Summit

Posted by Christine Carpenter

Topics: working adult learners, training

On October 5-6, CAEL will partner with the League for Innovation in the Community College to host “The Cycle of Working Adult Learners: Removing Barriers and Building New Pathways,” a virtual learning summit. CAEL members can receive a $100 discount if they register by Aug. 31.

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Reskilling Workforce Seen as Critical to ‘Manufacturing Marshall Plan’

Posted by Dawn Lang

Topics: Workforce Development, Skills Gap, reskilling

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), a nonprofit organization run by industry and academic volunteers, has long advocated for a manufacturing “renaissance.” According to its most recent white paper, reskilling the workforce will be key to realizing that vision.

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Maybe Clayton Christensen Was Right … Disruption Is Coming to Higher Education

Posted by John King

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, COVID-19

In 2013 I attended a symposium in Boston where Clayton Christensen made a presentation on disruptive theory and the future of higher education. At the same symposium Paul LeBlanc made a presentation on a new venture begun by Southern New Hampshire University called College for America offering a competency-based curriculum designed for working adults. I became an immediate fan of both and have followed them ever since. Today, as we face the worst health crisis in modern times, which has disrupted the world in general and higher education in particular, I can see how both men may play a large role in how higher education transitions in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Newly Released Brief Argues for Expanded Offering of PLA and Greater Outreach to Students Who Can Benefit the Most

Posted by Carlo Bertolini

Topics: Prior Learning Assessments (PLA), WICHE, COVID-19

With an eye toward aiding the response of postsecondary policymakers and practitioners as they respond to the COVID-19 crisis, CAEL and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education have released a brief offering early insight into the results of a nearly completed, extensive evaluation of prior learning assessment (PLA). 

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A Commitment to Doing More

Posted by CAEL

Topics: Social justice

Thanks to Horace Mann, an early champion of public education in America, education is viewed as “the great equalizer” and “the balance wheel of the social machinery.” It would be convenient and comforting to point to Mann’s famous declaration and conclude that we are doing enough in the struggle for racial equality.

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