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Klein-Collins, Rebecca; Taylor, Jason; Bishop, Carianne; Bransberger, Peace; Lane, Patrick; Leibrandt, Sarah – Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, 2020
For more than 50 years, colleges and universities have used a range of different methods to award college credit for learning that takes place outside of the classroom--particularly learning from work, life, and military experiences. These methods--often called prior learning assessment (PLA) or credit for prior learning (CPL)--value the learning…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Student Evaluation, College Credits, Adult Students
Klein-Collins, Rebecca; Taylor, Jason; Bishop, Carianne; Bransberger, Peace; Lane, Patrick; Leibrandt, Sarah – Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, 2020
This report describes the adult student's experience with prior learning assessment (PLA) using student record data from 72 degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the United States, primarily focusing on the data from 69 of those institutions based on the more detailed data provided by those institutions to the study. Researchers from the…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Student Evaluation, Adult Students, Student Records
Klein-Collins, Rebecca; Taylor, Jason; Bishop, Carianne; Bransberger, Peace; Lane, Patrick; Leibrandt, Sarah – Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, 2020
For more than 50 years, colleges and universities have used a range of different methods to award college credit for learning that takes place outside of the classroom--particularly learning from work, life, and military experiences. These methods--often called prior learning assessment (PLA) or credit for prior learning (CPL)--value the learning…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Student Evaluation, College Credits, Adult Students
Klein-Collins, Rebecca; Taylor, Jason; Bishop, Carianne; Bransberger, Peace; Lane, Patrick; Leibrandt, Sarah – Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, 2020
Adult students--whether just starting college or returning after stopping or dropping out--often have significant college-level learning they have acquired outside of academia. Postsecondary institutions have the option to evaluate that learning for the purpose of awarding credit or otherwise recognizing the learning so that it can count toward a…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Student Evaluation, College Credits, Adult Students
Klein-Collins, Rebecca; Taylor, Jason; Bishop, Carianne; Bransberger, Peace; Lane, Patrick; Leibrandt, Sarah – Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, 2020
This report describes the adult student's experience with prior learning assessment (PLA) using student record data from 72 degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the United States, primarily focusing on the data from 69 of those institutions based on the more detailed data provided by those institutions to the study. Researchers from the…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Student Evaluation, Adult Students, Student Records
Lang, Dawn – Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, 2020
Bringing together industry, workforce organizations, postsecondary institutions and working adults can solidify pathways to sustainable employment and regional economic growth. Expanding awareness of--and access to--potential career pathways happens when people connect with the education and training that prepare them for in-demand roles. When the…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Adult Education, School Business Relationship, Postsecondary Education
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, 2020
KC Scholars is a 501(c)(3) organization working to increase postsecondary education attainment in the greater Kansas City metropolitan region. Its Adult Learner program covers adult residents in the Kansas City region with some college but no degree, and adults with associate degrees who want to earn a bachelor's degree. This brief report…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Adult Education, Adult Students, Educational Attainment
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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