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ERIC Number: ED509960
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 44
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
Principles in Practice: Assessing Adult Learning Focused Institutions. Case Studies
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (NJ1)
A postsecondary degree or credential is increasingly important in the U.S. economy, both for new entrants into the labor force and those already employed. Working adults who want to succeed in this economic climate are pursuing a college education in increasing numbers. Adult students have unique needs that differ from traditional-age, residential students. Without good models of effective practice for serving adult learners, colleges and universities will continue to struggle. Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) has addressed this issue through its Adult Learning Focused Institution (ALFI) Initiative, designed to assist colleges and universities with improving learning opportunities for working adults. CAEL developed the ALFI Assessment Toolkit, which is specifically designed for colleges and universities that want to retain undergraduate adult learners by providing programs that meet and exceed student expectations. This brief presents case studies which individually provide institutional background and a discussion of the issues the institution wanted the ALFI Assessment Toolkit to address. The case studies then explore the strategies that institutions used to administer the Institutional Self-Assessment Survey and Adult Learner Inventory. (Contains 2 resources.)
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 - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
Identifiers - Location: California; Illinois; Indiana; Minnesota; New York; Ohio; Oregon; Pennsylvania