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  • September 26, 2014

    Lumina Foundation's Strategy Labs project has released a series of resources focused on developing and implementing competency-based degree programs.

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    WCET Annual Meeting

    September 26, 2014

    The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) will hold its annual meeting November 19-21 in Portland, Oregon. More information about the meeting can be found here.

    Registration is still open. The program includes several sessions on competency-based education including an in-depth session which will include subject matter experts, roundtable discussions, and panel presentations.

  • August 12, 2014

    Note: This post is adapted from “Effective Collaboration and Coordination: Lessons from Research and Practice,” published by WICHE earlier in 2014.

    The Adult College Completion Network was partially founded on the premise that improving certificate and degree completion by adults with prior college credit would require collaboration among diverse stakeholders. The workforce system, state higher education agencies, institutions, businesses and employers, local governments, community-based organizations, and others all are working in some capacity to eliminate barriers and improve outcomes for returning adults.

  • August 12, 2014

    Lumina Foundation's Strategy Labs has published an online resource for state leaders that recommends adopting a statewide policy on awarding credit through prior learning. In addition to citing recent research from the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), the site also includes several examples from states that have adopted adult-friendly policies to evaluate prior learning and award credit.

  • August 7, 2014

    On a recent webinar examining how the public workforce system can better take advantage of prior learning assessment to increase credential completion, speakers referenced several additional materials that may be of use. Below is a collection of some of those materials along with additional materials that may be useful.

  • August 6, 2014

    The ACC Network, in partnership with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) presented a webinar August 6 focused on how the public workforce system can use PLA to better serve clients.

    A recording of the webinar is available here.

    You can view the slides here.

  • July 29, 2014

    A new report released by the National Student Clearinghouse sheds some light on the population of adults with some college credit but no degree. The data show 12 percent of this group has made significant progress towards a degree – completing at least two years of postsecondary education.

  • July 28, 2014

    The Starbucks-Arizona State University (ASU) partnership that will provide tuition reimbursement for employees in their last two years of postsecondary education garnered a good deal of press recently. The program has many interesting components that will benefit a broad range of students who are employed by Starbucks, but this post focuses on the implications of this new program for adults with prior college credit but no degree.

  • July 22, 2014

    The National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB), the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), and the ACC Network are presenting a webinar on August 6 at 3 pm EDT focused on how the workforce system can take advantage of prior learning assessment (PLA) to improve outcomes for clients. The webinar is free and open to all, but please register for the event by clicking here.

  • July 21, 2014

    By Josh Cohen
    Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

    Two publications recently provided a fresh look at how military and veteran students are faring in postsecondary education. Many active duty servicemembers and veterans are utilizing federal education assistance programs, such as the Montgomery GI Bill and the Post-9/11 GI Bill, to help further their education and position themselves as competitive in today’s job market. Both the Montgomery GI Bill and the Post 9/11 GI Bill provide current and former military servicemembers, and their dependents, with financial assistance for tuition, books, and living expenses associated with postsecondary education.

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