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ERIC Number: ED509914
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct-5
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Discovering Student Needs through the ALFI Assessment Toolkit: The Experience of Widener University, University College in the Path to Continuous Improvement. CAEL Forum and News
Richardson, Emily; Frey, Ruth
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (NJ1)
With a fifty-year history of commitment to serving adults, Widener University's University College recently volunteered to participate in CAEL's (Council for Adult and Experiential Learning) Adult Learning Focused Initiative (ALFI) by using the Institutional Self-Assessment Survey (ISAS) and the Adult Learner Inventory (ALI) from the ALFI Assessment Toolkit. A key reason for Widener's interest in the ALFI Assessment Toolkit was the need for more information to help with institutional strategic planning. In the fall of 2002, Widener University's new President, James T. Harris, III, outlined a university-wide strategic planning process. Emily Richardson, Dean of University College, recognized the University's need for a mechanism to assess its current programming and services to adult students. The assessment experience put Widener's University College on the path to continuous improvement, a mark of an Adult Learning Focused Institution. This paper describes how Widener University used the tools and cites how the outcomes affected organizational change.
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. 55 East Monroe Street Suite 1930, Chicago, IL 60603. Tel: 312-499-2600; Fax: 312-499-2601; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania