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

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. 

Sometimes, we spend too much time talking about the changes we need to make for adult learners. We neglect the great work that is underway. And with that in mind, I’m going to be sharing some conversations I have with CAEL members and other stakeholders. The work they do every day is – and always will be – the greatest impact advancing our mission. Hearing about these efforts amplifies that impact. We need to share more of them. 

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