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Read our message to the CAEL Community about COVID-19 or view resources.

Resources for Serving Adult Learners

The COVID-19 crisis is forcing us all to think and operate differently in how we support adult learners. Although we don’t know how or when this crisis will end, it’s clear that the pandemic is accelerating already existing trends in postsecondary education and workforce development that are central to CAEL’s mission. Below are information and other resources that may be helpful to the CAEL community as it supports adult learners during the pandemic. We will update this page with new information as it becomes available. If you have suggestions for other resources to share with the CAEL community, please let us know at cael@cael.org

We look forward to continuing to support your efforts and the success of the adult learners we all serve. 

Recent Articles and Other Publications

California Universities to Endure 10% State Budget Cut After COVID-19

Amid budget cuts, colleges urged to “get creative,” expand use of credit for prior learning to increase student access and equity.

Coronavirus Complicates an Already Tricky Balancing Act for Adult Learners

Offers a compelling narrative of some of the challenges adult learners face amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Public Viewpoint: COVID-19 Work and Education Survey

The Strada Center for Consumer Insights is conducting weekly tracking of how education consumers perceive COVID-19’s impact on work and postsecondary education. Visit its website for the complete series of surveys. 

Key findings through May 7, 2020:

Overall, more than one third of respondents believe they would need more education to replace their job if they become unemployed.

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About one third of Americans who have become unemployed or otherwise suffered a loss of hours or income have begun new jobs within the past month.

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AACRAO, ACE Survey Finds Uncertainty About Current College Student Fall Enrollment Plans, Optimism About Completing Spring Coursework

This survey covers student plans for fall enrollment.

College and University Presidents Respond to COVID-19: April 2020 Survey

An ACE survey of college presidents reveals concerns over summer/fall enrollments.

If your institution also enrolls recent high school graduates:

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on College-Going High School Seniors

CAEL’s focus is working adults, but we know that many of our members and partners are also focused on students coming straight from high school. This Art & Science Group report offers insight about how the pandemic may be shaping fall enrollment decisions.


How to Excel During COVID-19

With many high school graduates considering delaying their college plans, institutions are bracing for a massive reduction in enrollment in the next academic year. Pivoting to remote learning and effectively recruiting, serving, and retaining working adult learners will be more important than ever. Click here for additional resources from CAEL that can help your institution adapt within the rapidly changing postsecondary landscape, from strengthening strategic partnerships with employers to effectively leveraging prior learning assessments to better serve diverse learners.