• Apr. 13, 2014

    A newly-proposed degree completion program introduced by Connecticut's governor. The plan would pay for returning adults to take up to three free three-credit courses if they previously attended one of the state's public institutions and have been away from postsecondary education since at least 2012.

  • Apr. 8, 2014

    Eds. Note: We have just added information on the UW Flexible option to the Project Warehouse. Contact us to add your work to this database.


    Since fall 2012, the UW System has been building a self-paced, competency-based model called the UW Flexible Option. The goal of this undertaking is to provide quality degree and certificate programs to the nearly 700,000 adults in Wisconsin with some college and no degree. The Flexible Option will serve as an important contributor to the UW System’s goals to help more Wisconsin residents attain college degrees and address the state’s workforce needs. The UW System is the first public university in the country to develop a competency-based program at the system level.

  • Apr. 4, 2014

    Career maps are increasingly becoming an important tool for employers to recruit and retain workers. These maps can show connections between career advancement opportunities and additional education and training requirements.

  • Apr. 3, 2014

    A new survey of stakeholders concerned with increasing college completion among adults with some prior college credit finds that direct outreach to former students, better data for tracking students, financial aid targeted to adult students, improved transfer of existing college credit, and innovative academic programs are key policy levers for increasing adult college completion. The full report on the survey is available here. The survey was conducted by Higher Ed Insight, which serves as the external evaluator of Lumina Foundation’s adult degree completion work.


  • Mar. 4, 2014

    The Adult College Completion Network hosted a webinar on March 4 at 3:00 pm (EST) highlighting the development and implementation of the University of Wisconsin's Flexible Option.

  • Feb. 10, 2014

    Lumina Foundation has released a new iteration of its Degree Qualifications Profile. This version, DQP 2.0, is still intended to provide definitions for learning signified by associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. Individuals, organizations, and institutions interested in reviewing the framework are invited to provide feedback on the document through March 15 on the DQP website.

  • Jan. 27, 2014

    A recently-completed pilot project at five Idaho colleges increased retention rates for non-traditional students by focusing on a series of intensive student support interventions including intrusive advising, accelerated remediation, and college skill-building courses.

    The pilot efforts, which were funded by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, enrolled almost 500 students with an average age of 28. More information about the project, including a white paper and video, is available here.

  • Dec. 30, 2013

    By Patricia Steele
    HigherEd Insight

    How you administer your survey is just as important as its design. (For more information on survey design, see this earlier blog post). Proper administration techniques will help you to get a better response rate.

  • Dec. 10, 2013

    The ACC Network Webinar Series hosted a webinar on December 10  called, "Project Win-Win: Results and Implications."  Cliff Adelman, from the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), presented findings from the recently completed Project Win-Win.

    To view a recording of the webinar, or download the slides from the presentation, please visit our Webinars page.

  • Dec. 3, 2013

    By Patricia Steele
    HigherEd Insight

    Conducting an external evaluation can provide valuable information for program implementation, give an added level of credibility in demonstrating outcomes, and help programs raise additional funds.  But what is evaluation, exactly? How do you decide if external evaluation is right for your program? How much does external evaluation cost? How do you determine what you need from an evaluation?

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