By developing innovative solutions with partners and funders across the learning and work ecosystem, CAEL helps champion the adult learner, creating sustainable initiatives for accessible, relevant, lifelong learning pathways. In doing so, we ultimately help systems transform to foster upward mobility and to eliminate inequities in how they serve minorities, adult, part-time, and low-income students.
Our Case for Support
HOW CAEL CAN HELP
Demonstrate your impact
Demonstrate impact through seamless coordination with organizations that share your vision and advance your mission
Promote social mobility and economic equity
Help postsecondary education realize its full potential as a catalyst of social mobility and cornerstone of economic equity
Support underserved populations
Increase access to enhanced career opportunities for traditionally underserved populations
How to Engage With Us
Partnership, collaboration and investment opportunities focused on programs around:
- Principles, standards, and quality assurance in serving adult learners
- Postsecondary academies for serving adult learners
- Recognition of learning
- Connecting education to work and rapid reemployment
- Inclusive workforce ecosystems
Postsecondary Education Change Academies to Optimize Adult Learner Outcomes
CAEL developed its Academy model to offer research-based practices that support persistence and completion, such as CAEL’s Adult Learner 360 diagnostic tool. The program also offers professional development for institutional staff to help them create lasting infrastructure and ways of working that embrace workforce collaboration and other adult-focused support that drive adult student enrollment, persistence, completion, and post-completion success, particularly within the context of underserved learners. CAEL looks forward to expanding the Academy model as it engages with new partners focused on increasing social mobility through this critical work, particularly by serving at-risk populations like Black, Latino, American Indian, Pacific Islanders, and veterans.
Growing Latino Enrollment = Institutional Partnership Potential
With Latinos projected to make up over a quarter of the United States population in coming years, colleges need to figure out how to best meet the needs of adult Latino learners.
Inclusive Workforce Development Ecosystems
Uplifting Through Upskilling: Corpus Christi/Nueces County and the Inclusive Development Network
Five U.S. regions comprise CAEL's first IDN cohort: Cleveland, OH; Corpus Christi/ Nueces County, TX; Spokane, WA; the Northeast Oklahoma Regional Alliance (NORA); and Pensacola, FL. Discover the project's early impact on the Corpus Christi region.
The 10 Principles and CAEL’s Nonprofit Legacy of Serving Adult Learners
Since CAEL’s founding in 1974, adult learners have been at the center of CAEL’s nonprofit mission. The COVID-19 crisis, its resulting massive unemployment and workforce disruption, and a renewed national resolve to address chronic social inequities make a postsecondary focus on adult learner retention and completion more relevant than ever. As a result, postsecondary institutions that hope to better meet the needs of adult learners must quickly adapt and create new ways of operating. The crisis presents a chance to fundamentally improve the systems, programs, and policies that support economic opportunity for adult learners.
New Research from CAEL and WICHE on PLA & Adult Student Outcomes
Institutions use different methods to award college credit for prior learning—particularly from work, life, and military experiences. Read our recent research with 72 institutions that explores the benefits of PLA for adult learners.