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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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Conversations With CAEL: Jennifer Sparrow, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for CUNY SPS

Posted by Marie Cini

Topics: Success Stories, Best Practices, Prior Learning Assessments (PLA), Partnerships, Adult Learning, Adult Learner 360, CAEL Members, online learning

Around the start of a new year, it’s common for people to reflect on change – maybe make a few predictions. A new decade? Even more so. The 2020s will be our sixth decade of advocating for working adult learners. Anyone who has shared that journey knows it’s challenged by constant upheaval. But I’d like to take the opportunity to focus on one constant amid all that change – and make one very confident prediction. From the beginning, CAEL’s greatest strength has been our membership. That will always be the case. 

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Can Behavioral Science Help College Students With Children Graduate?

Posted by Cassie Taylor

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Without a doubt, college degrees remain key to economic mobility and well-being in the U.S. Getting a college degree opens up new career possibilities and helps people earn more income over their lifetimes. Yet far too many aspiring graduates never obtain the degrees they are seeking, which leaves them without the benefit of the degree but often holding student debt. Making it to graduation day is challenging for many students, but it is especially difficult—and especially important—for students who care for dependent children.

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FIU Participates in Comprehensive Project to Discover Best Support for Adult Latinos

Posted by Complete Florida

Topics: Adult Learning Success, Latino Adult Student Success Academy, Excelencia, latino students, HSIs, Florida International University, Complete Florida

There are currently 2.2 million working-age adults in Florida who have started college and never finished. Complete Florida, an attainment program funded by the legislature, has a goal to help these individuals get the degrees they need for the jobs they want. This effort keeps talent pipelines filled with skilled employees that keep Florida’s economy stable. Part of these efforts require that Florida colleges and universities understand their adult learner populations. Who are they? What are their needs?

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How Shasta College is Helping Working Adult Learners to Come up ACEs

Posted by Carlo Bertolini

Topics: Workforce Development, Success Stories, Best Practices, Trends in Higher Education, Adult Learning, Adult Learning Success, Adult Learner 360, Skills Gap, online learning, college completion, reverse transfer, accelerated program, degrees when due, degree reclamation

Shasta College successfully implements accelerated programs, gateway programs to four-year degrees, and a degree-reclamation program to help working adult learners achieve success in degree completion and work.

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

Posted by Scott Campbell

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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Trauma Impacts Adult Learners: Here’s Why

Posted by Karen Gross, Author, Educational Commentator, and Senior Counsel at Finn Partners

Topics: Adult Student Success, Best Practices, Trends in Higher Education, Adult Learning, Adult Learning Success

We live in a world surrounded by trauma. There’s no doubt about it.  The trauma comes from a myriad of sources including childhood adverse experiences, natural disasters and shootings in locations commonly considered safe.   The fact is that trauma produces symptoms. While symptomology differs from person to person (even within the same family), it affects the capacity of individuals of all ages to learn and retain information.   

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Building a Vital Ecosystem for Frontline Workers

Posted by Dawn Lang

Topics: Talent Management, Adult Learning, career development, Career Pathing, Talent Mobility

Frontline workers now represent a significant percentage of America’s workforce. But what defines a frontline worker? Those who interact with customers, make products, and/or provide services fall within this demographic. Most of these workers make less than $30,000 a year and do not have a degree. That makes frontline workers a prime population for upskilling opportunities. With more training and new skills, many of these workers could be better positioned for career advancement. 

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The Case for Apprenticeships in 2019

Posted by Dawn Lang

Topics: Workforce Development, Employee Engagement, Career Mapping, Career Pathing

For many people, mention apprenticeships and they immediately think of programs supported by labor unions that provide on-the-job training in a technical trade such as plumbing, HVAC or construction. Apprenticeships in the 21st century look very different, though, as more technology and service fields such as nursing, education, IT, energy and the insurance industry embrace apprenticeships. Leaders in these fields see apprenticeships as a way of filling the growing number of middle-skills jobs, defined as jobs that require some postsecondary education but less than a four-year college degree.

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My Learning Matters—Colleges and Universities Should Not Dismiss Diverse Learning Experiences

Posted by Sean Hudson

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

As an adult, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve acquired a decent amount of your knowledge and skills from experiences that took place outside the classroom. Whether you learned about software programming from helping your mother access her music on her computer or you’re a pro in Microsoft Excel from your years of designing pivot tables, the way you gained your abilities is derived from your life experiences. Many colleges and universities will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your existing skills through different methods of examination known as prior learning assessment (PLA). For example, you may take a standardized test (e.g., the College-Level Examination Program [CLEP] exam) to demonstrate your mastery in a particular subject, such as history. Or, you may put together a portfolio showcasing your years of work experience as, say, a researcher, to demonstrate that you don’t need to take a college-level statistics course.

So, imagine going back to school and attempting to get PLA credit for knowledge you already have, only to be told, “Sorry, that experience doesn’t count.” That would seem quite unfair, right? Well, that’s what’s happening for some native and heritage speakers of non-English languages.

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