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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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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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Building a Workforce Strategy in Northeast Florida

Posted by Brian Sorenson

Topics: Workforce Development, Success Stories, Recruiting Talent, Sector Partnerships

Since February, CAEL has been a consultant on a project to develop and implement a strategy to encourage positive economic and job growth in northeast Florida, and to enhance the region’s brand. This initiative, Elevate Northeast Florida, is aimed at reaching the following regional goals:

  • Economic growth: Elevate Northeast Florida will lead to increased economic growth in the region by identifying and capitalizing on regional and county-specific assets.
  • Talent development: Elevate Northeast Florida will lead to a more competitive talent pool and increased employment by connecting residents to jobs, especially in target industries.
  • Brand recognition: Elevate Northeast Florida will result in a marketing and branding campaign that raises awareness of the region’s assets to U.S. and international audiences.
  • Global competitiveness: Elevate Northeast Florida will lead to enhanced global competitiveness by focusing on strategic investments across the region.
    Source: ElevateNeFL.com

We recently spoke with JAXUSA Partnership’s Vice President of Education and Workforce Development, Tina Wirth, about the initiative and how JAXUSA has worked to bolster economic development throughout northeast Florida.

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CAEL's New Study Answers the Question: What Happens When Learning Counts?

Posted by Sean Hudson

Topics: Success Stories, Trends in Higher Education, Prior Learning Assessments (PLA), CAEL News

Several things, actually. Prior learning assessment (PLA) provides a way for adult students to accelerate their degree completion as well as create a new way to engage in the learning process. While this may be old news for some—seven years ago, CAEL’s Fueling the Race to Postsecondary Success: A 48-Institution Study of Prior Learning Assessment and Adult Student Outcomes found that adult students with PLA credit were two and a half times more likely to have earned a postsecondary degree than similar students with no PLA credit. Since then, replication studies have found the same results and researchers have documented other benefits to PLA such as increased self-confidence and motivation.

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Congratulations to Washington Monthly’s 2017 Best Colleges for Adult Learners!

Posted by Brian Sorenson

Topics: Success Stories, Best Practices, Adult Learning

Last September, Washington Monthly made waves in the world of adult learning when it released its inaugural ranking of Best Colleges for Adult Learners. The ranking was important for many reasons. For the millions of adult students in the U.S., the ranking served as validation that their needs deserve to be met by higher ed institutions. By issuing the rankings, Washington Monthly also gave mainstream recognition to the idea that adult learners really are the “new normal” when it comes to student demographics.

This week, Washington Monthly released its annual college guide and rankings, again including Best Colleges for Adult Learners rankings for two- and four-year colleges

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CAEL and CAP: A Unique Partnership Brings CAEL’s Adult Learner Academy to Philadelphia

Posted by Brian Sorenson

Topics: Success Stories, Adult Learner Academy

Next month CAEL’s Adult Learner Academy will come to Philadelphia, courtesy of a special partnership that will shed light on some of the most effective ways to reach adult students. CAEL will be hosting the professional development workshops along with The Council for Accelerated Programs (CAP), a membership organization that serves professionals who lead, teach and conduct research in accelerated programs in higher education.

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Conversations with George Pruitt

Posted by Brian Sorenson

Topics: Success Stories, Adult Student Success

Last week we highlighted the work of George Pruitt, retiring president of Thomas Edison State College, former CAEL employee and Board member, and longtime advocate of innovating higher ed as a means of increasing access to higher learning.

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New Study Shares Secrets of a Happy Marriage Between Employers & Higher Ed

Posted by Brian Sorenson

Topics: Workforce Development, Success Stories, Skills Gap

“What does meaningful engagement look like?”

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How the Right Partnerships are Helping Communities Prosper

Posted by Brian Sorenson

Topics: Workforce Development, Success Stories, Knowledge Transfer

Last month, New York Times op-ed columnist Thomas L. Friedman provided a compelling look at the state of economic development throughout the country. Noting the various trials and tribulations of attempts at community workforce and economic reinvention, Friedman painted a portrait of a nation with ample promise for overcoming the many challenges that may hinder those efforts, but promise that’s not always realized.

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How Goodwill is Helping Adults Earn a High School Education

Posted by Brian Sorenson

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

Too often, the conversation about supporting adults’ attainment of a degree or credential presupposes that all have received a high school diploma. Yet while 88 percent of Americans have completed high school, those who haven’t face low wages and high levels of unemployment. Worse, most states set a cap on the age a student can receive a high school diploma, leaving older learners in a position where their options for educational attainment are limited.

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