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Hudson, Sean; Klein-Collins, Rebecca – Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, 2018
Colleges and universities are recognizing the need to reimagine their approach to career services support. The old career services model is a reactive one, with career centers that students can seek out if they want to and with services typically including assistance with job searches, resume review, and interview preparation. Today, students face…
Descriptors: College Students, Adult Students, Career Counseling, Colleges
Klein-Collins, Rebecca; Hudson, Sean – Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, 2018
The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) has conducted several studies on the relationship between prior learning assessment (PLA) and adult student outcomes. Do Methods Matter? PLA, Portfolio Assessment, and the Road to Completion and Persistence presents the findings from a study that examines the relationship between PLA and…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Recognition (Achievement), Student Evaluation, Adult Students
Glancey, Kathleen – Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, 2018
The adult learner is often defined by age (25 years or older) as an easy way to distinguish this group from students who head to college straight out of high school. But age is insufficient as a defining factor. The growing popularity of other terms like nontraditional student--and more recently, terms like post-traditional student or today's…
Descriptors: Student School Relationship, Nontraditional Students, Data Use, Program Effectiveness
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, 2018
Within the next few years the majority of jobs in the U.S. will require some type of postsecondary credential. However, less than half of adults in this country currently possess a credential beyond high school. Though they may not have a college degree to show for it, most adults have likely gained significant and valuable learning through their…
Descriptors: Labor Force Development, Prior Learning, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship
Plumlee, Tucker; Klein-Collins, Rebecca – Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, 2017
In 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor invited postsecondary institutions to participate in an experiment to learn how federal financial aid might be used to cover the costs of prior learning assessment (PLA). PLA is the process of evaluating a student's prior workplace and experiential learning for academic credit. While the experiment is still…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Success, Federal Aid, Experiential Learning
Klein-Collins, Rebecca; Hudson, Sean – Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, 2017
In 2010, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) conducted the first major multi-institutional study of the relationship between prior learning assessment (PLA) credit-earning and student academic outcomes, which found that adult students with PLA credit were two and a half times more likely to have earned a postsecondary degree…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Outcomes of Education
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, 2017
More than half of today's students are adult learners, juggling jobs and families, in addition to college. This brings new challenges for institutions of higher education, forcing them to adjust rapidly to address the needs of their growing adult student base. Many universities have made significant strides when it comes to working with…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Adult Students, Student Needs, Nontraditional Students
Miller, Andrew; Sorenson, Brian – Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, 2017
As trained leaders for whom accountability and a strong work ethic are second nature, Chicagoland veterans are uniquely equipped to meet the demands of today's jobs. That veterans typically possess the skills and character needed to excel in the civilian workplace makes reports on the state of veteran unemployment more troubling. Through the…
Descriptors: Veterans, Clubs, Accountability, Work Ethic
Plumlee, Tucker – Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, 2016
This report examines the competency-based education (CBE) efforts of the 21 Jumpstart participants and their varied journeys in developing CBE programs: the unique decisions they have made around their developing programs; the challenges that have delayed some programs or prevented others from moving to implementation; and lessons from these…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, College Programs, Program Descriptions, Barriers
Klein-Collins, Rebecca – Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, 2016
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is the evaluation and assessment of learning gained outside a traditional academic environment for college credit, certification, or advanced standing toward further education or training. The term PLA encompasses a wide spectrum of assessment methods, including, but not limited to, credit by examination, challenge…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Data Analysis
Klein-Collins, Rebecca – Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, 2016
Today's competency-based education (CBE) programs are offering students a unique postsecondary experience that focuses more on student learning and less on whether or how long a student has spent time in a classroom. These programs focus on competencies rather than credit hours, require students to demonstrate those competencies through authentic…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes, Competency Based Education
Klein-Collins, Rebecca; Glancey, Kathleen – Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, 2015
This case study is part of a series on newer competency-based degree programs that have been emerging in recent years. In January 2014, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), South Texas College (STC), and Texas A&M University-Commerce (A&M Commerce) launched the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Program, the state's first…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Undergraduate Study, Bachelors Degrees, Case Studies
Tate, Pamela; Klein-Collins, Rebecca – Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, 2015
Competency-based education (CBE) is the hot new thing in higher education. While forms of CBE have been around since the 1970s, there has been a surge of interest in CBE, with more than 600 postsecondary institutions now reporting that they are either offering competency-based degree programs or are planning to do so. Similarly, institutional…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Prior Learning, Higher Education, Program Descriptions
Klein-Collins, Rebecca; Olson, Richard – Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, 2014
Many Latinos come to higher education as adults. One degree completion strategy that is particularly suited to adult students in higher education is prior learning assessment (PLA). PLA provides opportunities to evaluate a student's learning from work or life experience for the purpose of awarding college credit. For students whose…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Prior Learning, Experiential Learning, Adult Students
Klein-Collins, Rebecca; Olson, Richard – Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, 2014
Many Latinos come to higher education as adults. One degree completion strategy that is particularly suited to adult students in higher education is prior learning assessment (PLA). PLA provides opportunities to evaluate a student's learning from work or life experience for the purpose of awarding college credit. For students whose…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Higher Education, Hispanic American Students, College Credits
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