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CAEL SVP of Initiatives and Solutions Named to New LEARN Commission

Dr. Beth Doyle, CAEL senior vice president of initiatives and solutions, has been named to the Learning Evaluation and Recognition for the Next Generation (LEARN) commission. The commission, announced this week by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), is dedicated to fostering learning mobility by advocating for the recognition of learning in all its forms. 

Dr. Doyle’s contributions to the LEARN commission continue CAEL’s accelerating work, which includes additional recent collaboration with AACRAO, to support adult learners as they transit the on- and off-ramps that link education and employment. A failure to recognize their experiences and competencies can cost adult learners valuable time and money by delaying or blocking access to new career pathways and needlessly lengthening education and training pathways. These inefficiencies also threaten workforce development as employers seek to fill critical roles in rapidly expanding sectors. 

Earlier this year, CAEL and The EvoLLLution partnered on research highlighting the need for greater use of comprehensive learner records, which mitigate challenges to the seamless movement of adult learners among employers, educators, and training providers. For example, an end-to-end learning and employment record infrastructure is a major component of CAEL’s work on the Regional Upskilling Alliance (RUA) in Pittsburgh. The RUA model emphasizes collaboration throughout the entirety of adult learners’ education-to-employment journeys to ensure they navigate education, training, and credentialing opportunities that lead to rewarding employment.

CAEL also recently partnered with AACRAO to field a national study of CPL policies and practices at postsecondary institutions in the U.S. and Canada. While CPL helps forge organic connections between education and employment, the report found that obstacles continue to threaten efforts to expand its use among colleges and universities. CAEL and ACCRAO will host a webinar regarding the study tomorrow. To register, visit cael.org.

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