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Champion of Adult Excellence in Learning: Tony Hooker of Parkland College on Responsibly Recruiting Adult Students

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Topics: Workforce Development, Adult Student Success, Adult Learning, Employee Training, Student Stories, Skills Gap, college recruiting

For this “interview style” blog, CAEL met with Tony Hooker, an adult learning advisor for Parkland College. The following is a summary of our conversation.

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Making Higher Education More Accessible

Posted by Scott Campbell

Topics: Adult Learning Success

In 2014 at the CAEL International Conference CAEL’s past CEO and President Pamela Tate delivered her vision for CAEL when it reaches its 50th anniversary. She envisioned a time in the not-so-distant future where adult learners would no longer face the barriers they currently face. She saw a time when most colleges and universities will recognize learning from all sources; a time where adults from all socio-economic classes can build the skills they need for a lifetime of employment; and a nation that would recognize that adults are as important as traditional students in the workforce pipeline are.

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The Benefits of Collaboration in Higher Education

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Topics: Best Practices, Adult Learning Success

Collaboration and innovation are the new buzzwords in higher education. However, what do they really mean to the faculty and staff on the ground at higher education institutions? There is more than a little fear associated with these words. These words often come with change and people are resistant to change. According to the Harvard Business Review, people see change through the lens of uncertainty, loss of control and potentially, more work.

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Time for a Paradigm Shift on Higher Education Equity

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Topics: Adult Student Success, Student Expectations

According to Reframing the Question of Equity, we may be missing an opportunity to advance equity in higher education if we do not begin to pay attention to the growing population of part-time students, many of whom attend community colleges.

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The Importance of a Prior Learning Assessment Process Mapping Checklist

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

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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Making The Adult-Friendly Dean

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Topics: Adult Student Success, Prior Learning Assessments (PLA), Adult Learner 360

“Everybody's talking at me, I don't hear a word they're saying” are song lyrics that easily describe adults who are considering beginning, restarting or completing their higher education goals.

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The Huge Costs of the PROSPER Act for Students, Institutions

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Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Adult Learning Success, Tuition

“Results are what you expect, and consequences are what you get.” While the author of that quote is unknown, he or she might well have been looking at the proposed rewrite of the Higher Education Act. The Promoting Real Opportunity, Success and Prosperity Through Education Reform or PROSPER Act has advanced from the House education committee to the full chamber. In the tumult of Tweets, elections, tax reform and resignations, this 500-page plus act has received very little public review. There are positive elements but there are also actions that could have dire consequences for higher education institutions and the students who attend them.

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Entering the Ring as Higher Education and Employers Face Off

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Topics: Workforce Development, Knowledge Transfer, Adult Learning

The crowd files into the classroom. As they take their seats, the contenders emerge and go to their respective corners. In this corner, the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) of Universities and Colleges. Their opponent, hiring managers and employers. The stakes are high for the audience of adult learners who have returned to college, balancing financial and family obligations with the potential benefits of degree completion.

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How the Right Approach Can Help Institutions Prosper in a Tumultuous Higher Ed Landscape

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Topics: Adult Student Success

At the end of October, Capella Education Co. and Strayer Education Co announced that they are merging into a new entity to be called Strategic Education.

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Enrollment Down, Debt Up; How Increasing the Focus on Adult Students Will Reverse the Trend

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Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Adult Learning Success, Adult Learner 360

Inside Higher Ed, in collaboration with Gallup, recently released the 2017 Survey of College and University Admission Directors. The news was not good since only about one third of senior admissions officers indicated that they had meet their enrollment goals by the traditional May 1 deadline. The survey looks at enrollment from multiple perspectives including international student recruitment, the effect of social media activity by potential students and the viability of tuition-free college programs.

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