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  • Metropolitan Focused Strategies

    Akron Wins $1m Talent Dividend Prize

    October 31, 2014

    The city of Akron, Ohio beat out 56 other metropolitan areas to claim the Talent Dividend Prize &endash; a $1 million marketing campaign. The prize was awarded to the metropolitan area that increased degree attainment by adults the most from 2010 to 2013.

  • Marketing and Outreach

    Focusing Outreach on 'Career Seekers'

    October 31, 2014

    By Wendy Erisman
    Strix Research

    Many adult college completion projects focus on reaching adults with some college credit or “near completers” who are only a few credits away from a degree. Evaluations conducted by these projects suggest that this group of near completers can be difficult to locate and even more difficult to re-enroll.  One approach that some projects have found to be successful for reaching adult college students is to instead focus on “career seekers”—adults who are motivated to improve their employment situation by earning a postsecondary credential.

  • October 24, 2014

    By Patricia Steele
    HigherEd Insight


    Strong organizations understand the importance of evaluating their programs and use the findings from those evaluations to shape current and future work and also leverage new funding.

  • September 26, 2014

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

  • upcoming conference

    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.

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