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Becky Klein-Collins

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Lifelong Learners: the Ultimate ‘Transfer Students’

Posted by Becky Klein-Collins

Topics: Adult Learning, Adult Learning Success, college completion, transfer students, articulation agreements

There has been recent discussion about the need for consistent, student-friendly policies for recognizing transfer students’ prior college credit. Otherwise, there is a danger that students could lose a lot of the time and money already spent on learning. In fact, a GAO study found that 40 percent of college credits are lost in transfer.[1] To mitigate this, some institutions have made their transfer policies more generous. Some have amplified these measures by establishing articulation agreements that, as the article linked above suggests, can be further strengthened through a consortium model.

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Report From the Field - And Framework for Thinking about CBE Design

Posted by Becky Klein-Collins

Topics: Competency Based Education (CBE), Best Practices, Trends in Higher Education, Prior Learning Assessments (PLA), Talent Management, Adult Learning Success

Competency-based education (CBE) is the “hot new thing” in higher ed – but as CAEL has learned from our work with 18 institutions and 3 systems in our CBE Jumpstart Initiative, it’s important to understand what CBE programs are and the complexities of program development before launching full steam ahead. Regardless of whether you want to do a “hybrid” program that combines self-paced options with traditional courses and PLA (Prior Learning Assessment), or a full Direct Assessment approach, there are many design considerations that your planning team needs to address.

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