• December 10, 2014

    By Wendy Erisman
    Strix Research, LLC

    Goodwill Industries International’s Community College/Career Collaboration (C4) program offers single parents, veterans, formerly incarcerated individuals, and other vulnerable adults the opportunity to earn college or career credentials through innovative partnerships between Goodwill affiliates and local community colleges. The program’s focus is on offering skills-based training leading to stackable credentials that will help make individuals workforce ready.

  • Plus 50 Adults at Santa Fe College

    Plus 50 Adults at Santa Fe College

    December 3, 2014

    By Wendy Erisman
    Strix Research, LLC

    The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) began its Plus 50 Completion Strategy in an effort to help adults over age 50 who are seeking employment, promotion or a career change. Through grants and technical assistance to 17 community colleges across the nation, AACC has supported these colleges in providing training and career development to more than 20,000 Plus 50 adults over the last four years with more than 8,800 of these adults completing a postsecondary credential. 

  • November 19, 2014

    A recent policy brief by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) titled, “Holding Tight or at Arm’s Length: How Higher Education Regional Accrediting Bodies Address PLA” explores the role of regional accrediting organizations in shaping institutional policies and practices related to prior learning assessment or PLA. The full text of the policy brief is available here.

  • 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 - 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, LLC

    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.

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