• Pre-Conference Workshops
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      Tuesday, November 14, 2017

      8:30 AM  -  4:30 PM
      Advising Adult Learners
      Adults learn differently, face issues related to work-life balance, and may have access to different financial aid sources than their younger counterparts. In this one-day workshop you will learn to respond to the needs of adult learners and receive a toolkit of resources for advisors and students. Full day pre-conference workshops will include breaks and lunch.
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      8:30 AM  -  4:30 PM
      Competency-Based Education and Assessment
      Hundreds of colleges and universities are considering adopting competency-based education programs, but what will that require for your institution? As you consider whether or how to adopt or develop new competency-based programs, there is a need to ensure that all faculty and staff understand what these programs are and how they can be established with attention to academic rigor and faculty involvement. This interactive workshop will provide an overview of CBE and its impact on faculty, administration, students, and employers. The day will include a review of existing models of CBE and some lessons learned from early adopters. Participants will be able to begin to assess their institutional readiness for CBE as it relates to business modeling, market demand and outreach, faculty and staff preparedness, and most importantly academic program design and development.
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      8:30 AM  -  4:30 PM
      Facilitating Higher Level Learning with the Adult Brain in Mind
      The meaning and purpose of adult higher learning has shifted from knowledge acquisition to developing capacities to meet the urgent demands of local and global citizenship. Meanwhile, the field of neuroscience has challenged Descartes’ cognitive maxim, “I think, therefore I am,” and purports that “we feel, therefore we learn.” How does this new understanding of brain function relate to developing adults’ capacities to learn and know in more complex ways? How can we best help adult learners not just know more, but also, see and act differently? Understanding more about how adult brains learn may affirm many practitioners’ approaches and also encourage them to be more intentional about their facilitation methods. This interactive workshop will synthesize trends in neuroscience and illuminate brain function with regard to developing adults’ capacities to learn and engage in more complex ways. Participants will enlarge their repertoire in brain-aware approaches to facilitating adults’ learning. Embodied and metaphorical approaches will be emphasized, using engaging illuminations and hands-on activities.
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      8:30 AM  -  4:30 PM
      PLA Master Class
      This workshop is designed to cover all the questions you have about prior learning assessment, but were afraid to ask! We will begin by laying a foundation of prior learning assessment by exploring the different opportunities students have to demonstrate their knowledge and learning and the impact PLA has on organizational practices and student success. This will be followed with an interactive discussion about best practices in implementing an effective PLA program within your institution. Participants will engage in case studies which examine principles of organizational change and how a PLA program becomes integral to student learning and success. Using sample documents, scenarios, and institutional examples, participants will work collaboratively to create an action plan and design processes for introducing or expanding PLA options to gain support from key campus constituencies. As a result, participants will be able to build an action plan for executing a prior learning assessment program on their own campuses.
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    • Roundtable Discussions
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      Thursday, November 16, 2017

      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Aligning Adult Education and the Workforce Through Community Collaboration
      Transitioning adult education toward greater opportunities requires collaboration across multiple sectors and leveraging of resources that accelerate and prepare students for a 21st century workforce. Partnership structures and strategies are now the driving force behind successful adult education and career pathway models. Navigation through the inter-connected ABE, college and workforce pipeline is the foundation for student attraction, engagement and retention as well as completion.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Complete 2 Compete - An Adult Learner Initiative
      Discover how Mississippi is refocusing on adult learners to encourage and support a stronger workforce, a healthier economy and greater family stabilization. Walk through the journey of creating MS's Complete 2 Compete program learning how to be proactive with overcoming potential adult learner barriers, such as account holds and financial hurdles.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Connect4Success – Securing Title V Grant Funds to Support High Need Student Success and Completion
      Waubonsee recently launched the Connect4Success (C4S) program with a focus on three elements: connection, empowerment, and reducing barriers to educational attainment. Student Success Coaches manage a caseload of 250 students from entrance through completion and provided individualized assistance with academic support, referrals to college and community resources, access to prior learning credit supports through the PLA Accelerator and funding for CLEP exams, and non-cognitive assessment and support through the ETS Success Navigator. This session will provide a model for program development, assessment and evaluation with a focus on scaling up and sustainability. Small group discussion will be included to encourage the sharing of best practices and the potential application of the model at your institution.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Engaging Learners in Quality Assurance: A New Adult Learning Approach
      The QA Commons will share its alternative approach for quality assurance designed to respond to the changing landscape of higher education and to focus more on student and employer needs. A major QA Commons principle is that learners be involved in quality processes at every level because they have informed perspectives about their learning and experiences. Grounded in adult learning theory, we are paving the way to a new approach to build learner agency and include learners' in quality.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Exploring the Effect of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) on Postgraduate Study
      The research aimed to explore whether the RPL process for admission to postgraduate qualifications at an open distance learning (ODL) institution adequately prepares candidates for postgraduate studies. The research found that candidates' prior learning, exposure to different learning contexts, personal attributes and support during the process influence their motivation to complete postgraduate qualifications. Aspects of the RPL assessment are similar to key aspects of sustainable assessment.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      From Pedagogy to Andragogy: PLA's Push to Permeate the Culture of Higher Education
      This session is designed for educators who develop prior learning assessment courses in higher education. The presentation explores various methods of developing life learning narratives which acknowledge college-level and credit-worthy prior learning from outside the confines of the college walls. A theoretical model including Kolb's Model, Bloom's Taxonomy, O*Net, and Andragogy will be introduced as a framework to help adult learners demonstrate competency in various work specializations.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Helping Adult Students and Comebackers Reach the Finish Line With Credit for Prior Learning
      Recruiting adult students to higher education is not for the faint of heart, and retaining those students to graduation is an even bigger task. With all the things that need to be juggled by this population, it is no wonder that finishing the degree drops to the bottom of the list. This presentation will highlight a degree completion program that utilizes Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) to help students reach the finish line (aka graduation).
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      It Takes A Village: Norwalk Community College's Approach to Student Learning
      In order to serve students ranging from infants and toddlers in our Early Childhood Laboratory School to retirees in our Lifetime Learners Institute, Norwalk Community College (NCC) has formed partnerships with over 100 organizations in Fairfield County, CT. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, NCC has utilized a Collective Impact approach when creating these alliances. The aim of this workshop is to offer a toolkit for replicating this approach, which is critical for adult learners.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Meeting the Transitional Needs of Military-Connected Students
      The military experience is unique and often affects a veteran's success in college, either positively or negatively. This engaging and entertaining session will present the challenges faced by military-connected students, followed by practical, innovative, and tested 'best practices'. Gain a better understanding for serving this unique population and then be introduced to staff & faculty training programs, peer-to-peer advising, mentoring programs, community collaboration, and more.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Navigating CPL Adoption Through the Lens of Faculty
      In this session, Anne Kamps, a 2017 University of Wisconsin - Stout Ed.D. Degree in Career and Technical Education candidate, will review the results of her doctoral dissertation research that gains insight on credit for prior learning (CPL) and the perceptions impacting the adoption through the lens of the faculty. The presenters will then describe how these results were then used to scale CPL efforts within Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC).
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      New and Improved Ways to Advise Adult Learners Using CLEP
      For the past 50 years, the College Board's College Level Examination Program (CLEP) has been a well-established opportunity for students to earn credit for prior learning. The College Board has some exciting initiatives that improve the ability to advise adult learners. This session will share new ways for your students to prepare for CLEP exams, new resources advisors will find useful when working with potential CLEP test takers, and new opportunities for military service members.
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      9:45 AM�� -  10:30 AM
      Preparing Students for the LearningCounts Portfolio Process
      During this session, learn from Wisconsin Lutheran College strategies for setting expectations and preparing students for success in LearningCounts portfolio process. WLC will share tips and strategies that have helped them to achieve an 81% success rate of their students who participated in CAEL 100. Nikki Wilson-O’Neal is an Academic Advisor who has participated in the portfolio process as an adult learner without the benefit of a CAEL 100 course. Nikki took the initiative to come up with strategies to assist students with the portfolio process to offer support in their successful completion. She will share with you how to: • Help students identify skills and experience that could potentially translate to college credit through reviewing their resume. • Familiarize yourself with the course and the process • Create a workshop or info session for students prior to taking CAEL 100 Please join Nikki for this roundtable discussion and feel free to ask questions and get some helpful tips on how to prepare your students for success through the portfolio process with LearningCounts!
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Recruiting Grassroots Champions for Gaining Acceptance of PLA Among Traditional Faculty
      Recruiting faculty champions to promote support of PLA requires effective communication and successful collaboration. However, unspoken biases and expectations often cause miscommunication leading to unproductive meetings and lots of frustration. This roundtable explores various methods for engaging in open communication to facilitate successful cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration around a common goal: gaining faculty support for PLA.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Tailoring the Gateway Experience Course to Veterans
      As the number of student veterans grows, what should institutions be doing to ensure their success? Join Golden Gate University's instructors for a presentation and discussion where they will share how they amended their First Year Experience Gateway to Success course to meet the needs of the Adult Veteran Learner. GGU will share lessons learned, best practices, and facilitate activities you can take back to your campus.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      The Choice: Techniques for Marketing to Adult Students
      The data show that one in five adults have some college, but no degree. This is a marketing opportunity. Many of these adults have that nagging feeling that they should return to college and finish. What is your marketing department doing to coax them toward that decision? In many colleges, marketing is focused on high school graduates because they are easy to find, or simply because that is what has always been done. Attend this session to learn ways to market to adults. Learn how to talk to your marketing department about the importance of including this audience in your institution’s marketing plans.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Using PLA for Completion of Associates Degrees
      This presentation will cover the use of PLA for degree completion in cases where students have extensive work histories, military experience and/or some college but no degree. The degrees are built off of the state's Apprenticeship Associate's Degree and are being designed for Engineering and Technology, Organizational Training, Aviation and Allied Health. Participants will be actively engaged in the process we followed to develop the degree format.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      What I Learned at Work Today: Discovery and Meaning Through Reflective Dialogue
      Effective competency-based learning often depends on a student's ability to reconstruct and derive meaning and understanding from the completion of tasks or project assignments. Without an empirical curricular outline or formal syllabus, the instructor facilitates a student's recognition of their learning by applying an informal series of prompts, queries and clarifying commentary. The student is now better prepared and incentivized to document learning outcomes through narrative and portfolio.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      What Students Gain from a Prior Learning Assessment Program
      Prior Learning Assessment has been gaining momentum to improve institutional completion rates for adult learners. This presentation will review the PLA portfolio process at a large public U.S. institution which uses an online or hybrid course to assist students in portfolio development. We will present the results of a survey examining the perceptions and experiences of students who completed the portfolio course and discuss the implications for PLA courses offered by other institutions.
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      Thursday, November 16, 2017

      4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      Laying the Groundwork for Mutually Beneficial Academic Partnerships
      Academic alliances are fruitful for both the educational institution and the partner employer involved. Colorado State University-Global Campus has more than 500 affiliations with private businesses, public organizations and government bodies. This presentation will cover best practices for initiating and maintaining successful educator-employer relationships.
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      4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      Online Experiential Learning in Higher Education
      Colleges and universities have left employers concerned about their ability to provide online and hybrid students with real-world experience for practical workforce application. The objective of this presentation is to examine graduate students, enrolled in online and hybrid programs, perceptions of experiential learning. This presentation seeks to introduce a three-tiered co-curricular model to implement experiential learning in the online and hybrid classrooms.
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      4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      Pathways to Degree, Pathways to Promotion
      Employers across the country experience retention issues in entry-level positions. TCC and a local bank are working to combat those issues. In a unique partnership, TCC and the bank have built a program named 20/20 to encourage entry-level bank employees to attend college, finish college, and move into higher level positions. The program borrows best practices from the Guided Pathways model to give prospective employees and students a clear path for both their career and education.
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      4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      Where There's a Will
      How a small institution with limited resources successfully implemented a Prior Learning Assessment system.
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      Friday, November 17, 2017

      8:30 AM  -  9:20 AM
      “Where Life and Learning Meet” for Adult Students at Metropolitan State University
      “Where life and learning meet” is more than a slogan at Metropolitan State University. Since 1971, its mission to serve adult students and communities of color means meeting students where they are, through flexible scheduling and community-based locations across the metro area, and with individualized and workforce-oriented programs and majors attuned to developing competences for life, work and community. Two key features of the university’s adult-focused approach are the flexibility of undergrad and graduate-level programs, combined with services geared to its 11,500 adult students, almost all of whom work and juggle family and community commitments. Metro State students typically bring college-level work from previous institutions, and significant learning from non-credit settings and experiences. They appreciate having their learning recognized through transfer policies, articulated pathways, and options for prior learning assessment for credit. Join Metro State’s representatives to learn more about what draws and serves adult students successfully.
      8:30 AM  -  9:20 AM
      Catch the Coaching Wave
      Picking up where you left off can be intimidating. The Indiana University-Purdue University - Indianapolis Degree Completion Office was created to assist returning students to complete their degree from application to graduation. Learn about this urban university's unique concept to attract and retain adult learners. This presentation will include information on Prior Learning Assessment, Degree Partners, various Coaching Models, and our Campus Summit.
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      8:30 AM  -  9:20 AM
      Growing Your Online Enrollment: Best Practices and Ensuring a ROI
      Ensuring we achieve favorable efficiencies in our recruitment efforts, Higher Education Administrators must be vigilant in understanding how the traditional enrollment funnel has changed for the adult college students. Monitoring and expecting once valid conversion models to guide investment and identify enrollment bottlenecks may no longer provided the critical insights it once did. Engage in a lively discussion of how the recruitment world has changed and look at practices and technology that might influence your team’s performance.
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      8:30 AM  -  9:20 AM
      Learn about GGU - the #1 Institution in the Nation Serving the Adult Learner
      Golden Gate University, two time consecutive recipient of the Washington Monthly’s #1 Ranking for Adult Learners, has been committed to serving the adult student since 1901. In this presentation, GGU will share insights, ideas, pedagogical approaches, policy perspectives, and lessons learned on how to best serve this population.
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      8:30 AM  -  9:20 AM
      Specialization and Time: Two Core Principles for Adult Learning
      Training plays an important role in the profession of social services to improve the quality of services. Interviewing ten social service providers, data analysis demonstrated that the most important principles pursued by participants are specialization and time. Consistent with adult learning theory, if training is designed to meet these principles, participants will become actively involved in training, and their perceived relevancy and in-depth learning will be improved.
      8:30 AM  -  9:20 AM
      Vision to Reality - Lessons from a Competency Based Extended Transcript Pilot!
      New learning models like competency-based education are helping higher education re-imagine pedagogy and practice. As institutions work to design innovative and workforce relevant credentials they must also find ways of evidencing the students’ learning that are 21st Century relevant, transparent, formative in nature, and portable. In fall 2016, UMUC piloted an extended transcript showing student competencies – come hear an update, student feedback, and lessons learned!
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    • Workshops
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      Wednesday, November 15, 2017

      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Building Faculty-Driven PLA Policy and Procedure
      Learn the steps South Central College took to create a faculty-driven PLA policy and procedure on their campus. You will get several tangible tools including a credit for prior learning concept map; policy and procedure development framework; faculty professional development outlines; faculty assessment resources; and funding strategies. Participants will leave prepared to develop an action plan for introducing PLA options and gaining faculty support and involvement in PLA implementation.
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      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      CBE Program Design: Reverse Engineering Your Courses
      How do you approach design for your CBE programs? Many times we begin thinking about the content we teach instead of the end results of what you want your students to learn. In this session, come explore how to reverse engineer your program by assessing the knowledge and skills students need in order to graduate and design backward from there. In this working session, you will go through our design mapping process to identify a list of competencies that students need to develop.
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      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Competency-Based PLA: New Directions for the Field
      SUNY Empire State College combined competency-based learning with prior learning assessment to provide students with a transparent process to document college level learning. Faculty teams used the Connecting Credentials Framework and Global Learning Qualifications Framework to develop competency PLA templates. This session will share results and provide hands-on opportunities to use these frameworks to develop competencies and map to PLA topics that can be used at their institution.
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      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Connecting Education to Careers by Fostering Relationships across Industry
      The changing dynamics of the U.S. labor market are widely reported, detailing both growth and skills gaps across sectors. To prepare students for success in this complex job market, academic programs must be agile and responsive and focused on employer needs and emergent industry trends while retaining academic rigor. This panel discusses how University of Phoenix is responding through use of industry advisory councils, institutional partnerships, and corporation-to-university alternative credit.
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      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Fostering self-authorship among adult learners
      The theory of self-authorship (Kegan & Baxter Magolda) describes the process by which people become authors of their own lives, making decisions from internal points of view, not based on external expectations. This should be a primary goal during college (Baxter Magolda), but some never achieve self-authorship. This theory has been applied extensively to traditional undergraduates. Workshop participants will learn how advisors & faculty can foster self-authorship among adults & why they should.
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      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Increase Retention at Your Institution: Capitalize on the Tenacity of Your Post-Traditional Learners
      In this interactive workshop, through an exploration of their own post-traditional learners (adult students) & academic units, attendees will discuss successful practices leading to retention of post-traditional learners at their institution, identify new academic partners on their campuses who can provide support for this student population, and ultimately challenge attendees to develop new strategies or expand upon current strategies that can be implemented at their colleges & universities.
      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Military PLA 101: the Ins and Outs of ACE Military Evaluations
      Are you new to military PLA? Or are you interested in the latest with the Joint Services Transcripts, crosswalks, and ACE’s evaluations? This session will lay out the various methods for recognizing military learning and then drill down in the ACE military evaluation process. Michele Spires, Director of Military Programs at the American Council on Education, will walk you through the process, equipping you with what you need to know about: the value of ACE and the Military Evaluations contract; the rigor and integrity of the review process for both courses and occupations; faculty’s role in the evaluation review process and the measures used in determining credit recommendations with the scope and deliverables of the contract; and resources available to the higher education community.
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      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      A Process for Military Credit Articulation Using ACE Recommendations
      Many universities grant elective credit for prior learning acquired through military service, but the University of West Georgia (UWG) wanted to way to award credit for specific UWG courses. A collaborative effort between the divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs and Enrollment Management led to a process to get American Council on Education exhibits in front of faculty content experts to compare them to specific UWG courses. Learn how you can do this on your campus.
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      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Developing a Data-Driven CBE program: Are you CBE Ready?
      This presentation presents a brief overview of what TAMU-C faced in our quest to implement our first CBE program. It compiles institutional knowledge from key CBE stakeholders. The session also covers metrics the Institute for CBE has been tracking for the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Program at TAMU-Commerce that may serve as a framework for institutions that are planning to develop similar CBE programs.
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      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Inside the Virtual Classroom: Academic Expectations, Gaps, and Portfolio Development
      This workshop reveals what can happen when we use dialogic theory to (re)envision the classroom. I will present a model of a virtual classroom designed to bridge the gaps between faculty expectations and student portfolios. The workshop will provide the theoretical framework needed for a virtual classroom as well as supporting materials faculty and students can adapt or adopt for portfolio development.
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      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Knowles, Kolb, & Google: Prior Learning Assessment as a Model for 21st-Century Learning
      When Malcolm Knowles articulated the theory of andragogy in the 1970s, he pinpointed the importance of experience, self-concept, and relevance in the adult learner's journey. When David Kolb introduced a cycle of experiential learning, he recognized the need for experience, reflection, theory building, and application. Knowles/Kolb-focused PLA programs serve as a model for education in a 21st-century Google age where information is instantaneous and creative reflection is essential.
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      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Redefining the Adult Learner
      How we conceptualize learners impacts our choice of teaching style. But how accurately do we see our learners? Gaining a deeper understanding of adult learners and their unique needs can help us to become more engaged in our work, in turn, engaging students in novel ways. Adult learners face challenges with work life balance, biases against online learning, varying levels of comfort with technology, and a learning model that requires a growth mindset and active engagement.
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      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Serving the Needs of Adult Learners-Texas A&M University System Style
      Join us as representative schools in the Texas A&M University System discuss various ways they support adult learners looking to enhance their career opportunities. Topics include: the growing need for adult learner career-development programs, community college partnerships, military-based student support, and other campus-specific career-based programs.
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      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Student Success: No more falling through the cracks
      Keuka College's academic advisement and program planning is based on a student success model incorporating student demographics (readiness), curriculum design (andragogy), and institutional service to the student (organizational policy). Our Student Success Advisor's prepare and promote student success from orientation through commencement. Learn what Keuka College has done to increase persistence and on-time completion rates for adult students.
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      Thursday, November 16, 2017

      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Adaptivity in Higher Education: Using the Adult Learner 360 to Facilitate Change
      The Adult Learner 360 Survey Toolkit, formerly known as the Adult Learning Focused Institution (ALFI), is a set of surveys that help institutions of higher learning evaluate how well they are serving their adult learners. The Adult Learner 360 is based upon CAEL’s Ten Principles for Effectively Serving Adults. In this presentation, the Ten Principles are described and discussed in depth. Learn how Shasta College has used the Ten Principles to inspire impactful change on their campus and how you can use the Ten Principles as a framework for addressing issues related to adult learners. CAEL’s new Principle, Adaptivity, will be introduced and discussed.
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      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Answering the Call: How CBE Delivers to Adult Learners and the Workforce
      Workforce Partners and Adult Learners alike have been asking for Higher Education to deliver skills-based training in a more economical and efficient way. Competency-Based Education (CBE) delivers on both promises...and then some. Come learn how Salt Lake Community College is delivering adult workers to the industry quicker and more efficient than the traditional, term-based instructional delivery. We'll also highlight our lessons learned throughout the process.
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      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Bridging the Connection Between PLA Credit to Employment
      As one of the early institutions to join the LearningCounts Featured Network, adult students at Union University have benefited significantly from PLA. In addition to earning college credit towards their degrees, students are also using PLA to increase their employment opportunities and advance their careers. However, crafting a portfolio that accomplishes multiple goals can be challenging. PLA Advisors will share their experience and recommendations.
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      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Community College Collaborations: Small, Medium, and Large
      Join us as we share small, medium, and large California community college collaborations serving our veterans. Learn how you, too, can adopt, adapt, and develop similar collaborations. At the “small” scale, College of the Canyons is amongst the few California Community Colleges (CCC) to pursue PLA. The college has also partnered with its community to support a veteran services collaborative, designed to connect veterans and their families to essential programs and services. Saddleback College and its Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) Program provides the “medium” scale project. “Pathways to Completion- Veterans Credit Articulation Track (V-CAT)” is a state funded initiative with the aspirations of articulating military trainings and experiences for community college and transfer university course credit. This program for students with military backgrounds can be a model and provide a template for assessment of prior learning for adult re-entry students. The CCC Online Education Initiative collaborated with the CCC Chancellor’s Office and CAEL to provide the “large” size project. This project provided research on what our statewide community college student veterans are studying and majoring in. The next step is to research how military transcript units and PLA can be used to develop college pathways for degree and certificate completion.
      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Multi-level System Approaches to CPL
      The Minnesota State system embarked on a three-year initiative to shape revisions of system-wide policies, procedures, and practices and to advance implementation of Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) programs at all 37 college and university campuses. Join this interactive session as CPL faculty and staff subject matter experts share lessons learned for solidifying buy-in, polishing standards and policies, and scaling up a range of CPL opportunities for students.
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      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Should We Be Alarmed? - Growing Lack of Tech Preparedness for the American Workforce
      The Tech Skills Gap is a well-known issue among both educators and employers. Recent research by the Career Advisory Board, found deficits in both applied and hard tech skills among current employee circles and new applicants, as well as a general lack of preparedness for individuals entering the workforce with the right level of technical competency. In addition to the shortage of hard tech skills such as computer programming or web design, there is a growing concern among employers over the lack of applied tech skills. Having applied tech skills refers to an individual’s ability to use technology for the benefit of an organization, not necessarily the ability to deploy specific technologies themselves. Employers are seeking individuals with these abilities more and more, but not enough are graduating with the proper skill set. Of the respondents, 71 percent agreed it is rare for an employee to possess all requirements outlined in a job description. Although gaps are present across varying skill areas, nearly 60 percent said it was common for job applicants to lack the technology skills important for success in their career, with half reporting a tech skills deficit in their current employee base. When defining exactly what employers are looking for within the tech skill deficits, four in five agreed that for technology to be effective, it must integrate people, process, data and devices. Seventy-five percent agreed employees should understand how to use technology to inform and drive business decisions, while 84 percent claimed employees who know how to use the right tech tools in their fields are more effective. This presentation will discuss the results from surveying 500 individuals from a number of leadership and hiring positions within organizations regarding those skills essential in 21st Century Business.
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      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Training Counts: Building Partnerships, Linking Workforce Systems to Community Colleges through PLA
      Crosswalks have become a growing area expanding PLA offerings at many institutions. They boost efficiency for institutions by assessing trainings once upfront rather than for each incoming student. Crosswalks also allow students to automatically earn credit for completed trainings without the need for additional assessments. Now these crosswalks present an opportunity for colleges and workforce systems to partner in assessing workforce-supported trainings for college level credit. Learn how CAEL, with support from the ECMC Foundation, is piloting this concept with four community colleges and innovative workforce boards to examine the steps, efforts, and strategies needed for creating new, useful partnerships between workforce and higher education, and how these PLA crosswalks leverage WIOA customers’ work experience, knowledge, skills and training to gain college credit and earn postsecondary credentials more quickly and at a lower cost, while strengthening college and workforce cooperation. This panel will include an overview of the pilot, the strategies and challenges encountered of increased cooperation, and a look at the crosswalking process, along with insight from several of its partnership colleges and workforce boards.
      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Accelerated Pathways to Credentials and Employment in the Cybersecurity Field for Veteran Students
      South Seattle College (SSC) in the Puget Sound region and UMUC in the DC region are working to establish education-to-employment pipelines for military veterans in sustainable building sciences and cybersecurity, respectively. Informed by labor market research conducted by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families-Syracuse, SSC and UMUC are now working with CAEL to build veterans ecosystems to promote academic enrollment and completion, recognize appropriate military learning for college credit, and encourage employer engagement. Panelists will discuss how they established local networks of postsecondary institutions, employers, and community organizations collaborating to increase the number of veterans succeeding in college and, ultimately, in STEM careers. Panelists will also highlight some of the initiative's early achievements and challenges, as well as creative and scalable practices.
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      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Bringing PLA to Scale: Lessons Learned from Three States
      Prior Learning Assessment was an important area of focus for TAACCCT grantees around the country. This workshop will explore implementation, scale, and sustainability of Prior Learning Assessment policies and practices in Colorado, New Jersey, and Wisconsin under the TAACCCT grant. Each one of these states used TAACCCT dollars to implement a statewide policy creation or change in PLA.
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      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Foundational Skill Readiness: Benchmarks for Career Pathways and Programs
      A wealth of evidence collected from ACT workforce research studies has recently been utilized to develop empirical benchmarks of “career readiness” by career cluster. This session will present both the benchmarks and skill gap analyses by career clusters. The session will also discuss how educators and workforce training providers can apply these readiness benchmarks within in career pathway training programs and align with the skill needs of local employers.
      Workshop Presenter:
      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Greater Minds: Spokane, WA Business/Education Collaborative
      Greater Minds, an initiative of Greater Spokane Incorporated, explores best practices, policies and strategies to support the adult learner through a business-led collaboration with higher education. Greater Minds identifies available programs that fit employees' education goals and connects them to aligning opportunities. Our presentation focuses on policy implications and best practices (tuition reimbursement, release time, flexible scheduling, accelerated programs) to support working adults.
      Workshop Presenter:
      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      It's All About the Student
      WGU's Vision is: 'To be the most student-centric, results-oriented university.' Participants will learn about how WGU is realizing our vision. There are four major parts to the workshop:- The Case for Innovation- CBE at Scale- Utilizing Data to Advance Student Outcomes- What We've LearnedThose participants who have competency-based education programs will be invited to talk about their efforts. All participants will be a part of the discussion after each section of the workshop.
      Workshop Presenter:
      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      QuickPath PLA: A Partnership to Implement PLA Across a Community College System
      AcademyOne and CAEL are teaming up to provide solutions that establish credible and consistent PLA strategies across institutions. Join our conversation about how engaging adult learners with a technology driven ecosystem promotes access, affordability and completion. During this session, we’ll be highlighting the work we have begun for California’s West Hills Community College District and a web-based platform in support of their Quick Path Program. Attendees will gain insight into our best practices that support credit for prior learning assessment processes and methods, as well as how a common online framework effectively addresses the challenges inherent with scaling efforts system-wide.
      Workshop Presenter:
       

      Friday, November 17, 2017

      9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
      Competency-Based + Adaptive Learning = Momentum?
      What do you get when you take a direct assessment, competency-based education program and marry it to an adaptive learning platform? APUS Momentum™! At American Public University System (APUS) we have recently launched such a program with our platform partner, Realizeit Learning. Momentum introduces not only a new modality but cultural changes across the institution. Join us for a game show to uncover lessons learned and tips for following this pathway at your institution.
      Workshop Presenter:
      9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
      Innovative Business Model in Higher Education: Connecting Resources to Student Success
      Higher education as an industry has long focused on the quality of its programs and services. More recently, institutions have turned their attention to outcomes and student success. What has been missing from the conversation is an understanding of business models in higher education and how these models may need to eveolve given changes in the external environment and expectations regarding outcomes.This session will focus on best practice emerging in higher education, including new tools for analysis, metrics to support financial storytelling, and processes to drive the institutional change agenda. Mr. Staisloff will also share case studies from institutions that have successfully redefined the concept of return on investment to include both net revenue and student success.
      Workshop Presenter:
      9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
      Meeting the Demands of Adult Learners through Employer Partnerships & Optimizing Prior Learning
      Adult learners enter educational institutions with diverse backgrounds. It is imperative that institutions have a commitment to recognizing these experiences so students achieve degree completion faster, with less student debt, while meeting the demands of workforce development. Come learn more about the strategies leveraged at Ashford University including our Leadership Development Grant, Alliance Partnerships, Prior Learning Assessment, and Credit Optimization.
      9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
      'Step-Up, Make Your Experience Count': Connecting with Adult Learners through an Interactive Website
      Federal TAACCT Grants has enabled the Community and Technical Colleges of West Virginia the opportunity to look for innovative ways to engage the adult learner, directing them toward degree completion. This presentation will demonstrate and discuss the use of an interactive website - "Step-Up, Make Your Experience Count", created to engage the adult learner and to inventory their skills and knowledge gained through experience. The Inventory is aligned to degree programs offered by the Community and Technical Colleges in West Virginia and therefore can direct the adult learner to a program and an institution that matches their knowledge and prior learning. The presentation will focus specifically on how BridgeValley CTC and Mountwest CTC use the inventory to connect with the adult learner and some of the successes and challenges the website has created.
      Workshop Presenter:
      9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
      Teamwork: Organizational Essentials for Building an Accelerated Veteran to BSN Track
      Active duty and military veterans with prior medical training bring a great deal of knowledge and skills to a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN). Building strong internal partnerships within an organization is essential to ensure veteran students' success. The purpose of this presentation is to describe key organizational stakeholders and their invaluable contributions in implementing an accelerated Veteran to BSN (VBSN) track offering prior learning credits.
      Workshop Presenter:
      9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
      Using Data to Examine the Impact of Your PLA Program
      Recently, CAEL examined the experience of students participating in LearningCounts (CAEL’s portfolio assessment service), looking in particular at academic outcomes like graduation rate and persistence. In this session, CAEL will share these findings along with research by other entities on the benefits of PLA for the student. The session will engage attendees in discussions of the different ways to analyze their student PLA data for specific purposes while keeping in mind the context of the individual PLA program.
      Workshop Presenter:
      9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
      Using Open Educational Resources and Open Educational Practices in PLA & Competency Based Education
      Learn about the burgeoning field of OER and OEP, and how these new developments can be leveraged to support program development and learning for adult students. Open Educational Resources are openly-licensed materials that can be reused, remixed, revised, and redistributed to enhance learning and content development; Open Educational Practices emerge from OER, and can include collaborative projects, renewable assessments, and student creation of knowledge. Learn how both can enhance PLA and CBE.
      Workshop Presenter:

    • General Program
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      Tuesday, November 14, 2017

      7:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
      Pre-Conference Registration
      4:00 PM  -  8:00 PM
      Registration for CAEL Conference
       

      Wednesday, November 15, 2017

      7:00 AM  -  5:00 PM
      CAEL Conference Registration Re-opens
      7:30 AM  -  9:00 AM
      Continental Breakfast
      8:15 AM  -  9:00 AM
      Introduction to CAEL and the Conference for Newcomers
      Are you new to CAEL? Are you attending the CAEL Conference for the first time? Please attend this session to familiarize yourself with CAEL, its mission, national initiatives, and staff. Learn how you can become involved.
      Speaker:
      9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Tomorrow-Ready Education: Preparing Students for the Challenges of Today and the Promise of Tomorrow
      The future is coming fast—faster than ever—and the world of education is working hard to keep up. In this presentation, we’ll dive into conversations on five vital focus areas that will help us get ready to help our students get ready for the challenges of today and the promise of tomorrow. We’ll explore (1) building out an integrated infrastructure that brings together the best of facilities, online and mobile tools, and augmented and virtual reality; (2) optimizing a learning mix that includes more fluid and increasingly digital curricular resources and strategies, including open education, accelerated learning, competency-based education, game-based learning, MOOCs, SMOCs, and more; (3) doubling down on the importance of psycho-social factors, including belongingness, purpose, mindsets, tenacity, grit, and social and emotional learning (SEL); (4) making the most of analytics platforms and apps powered by data science and design thinking to help us and our students learn well and finish strong; and (5) embracing the imperative to champion “tomorrow-ready learning” grounded in rich tradition, but tuned for the fast-moving dynamics of the road ahead.
      Keynote Speaker:
      10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
      Morning Coffee Break
      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Workshop Series #1
      12:30 PM  -  2:00 PM
      Luncheon & Program: Craig Pollard, Cancer for College; Learner of the Year Award
      Craig Pollard’s story of triumph over both cancer—twice—and complications that required the amputation of both of his feet is as inspiring as any story you’ll ever hear. Equally as inspiring is the success of the scholarship program Pollard founded, Cancer for College, which has awarded $2.5 million and more than 1,100 scholarships to cancer survivors since 1993. Hear Pollard’s powerful story as he shares lessons for making a positive impact on the world, no matter the challenges that must be overcome along the way.
      Speaker:
      Award Winner:
      Introductions:
      Award Presentation:
      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Workshop Series #2
      3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Exhibit Hall Opening & Ice Cream Social
      4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      Doing What Matters/Strong Workforce: Reinventing Career Services
      The California Community Colleges are engaged in creating one million middle-skilled workers to support social mobility and regional economic development. The Strong Workforce Program targets outcomes in areas of student success along with other measures of quality in curriculum, regional collaboration and career pathways. CAEL has supported some of this work with the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD), and their reinvention of its career services. This panel will highlight the challenges and triumphs of SDCCD's efforts, explore regional initiatives and provide insights into the vision for the future of career services for higher education.
      Moderator:
      4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      The City-based Degree Completion Effort
      Increasing degree completion is a universally sought goal in higher education and working at the institutional level to reach it is key. But to attain the scale that we need, this challenge must be met at a larger scale, with many communities attacking this not only at the level of individual institutions, but as entire collective efforts among multiple stakeholders. Communities who organize around talent and attainment, and who make adult attainment a key part of their strategy, will be the ones who make economic opportunity available to all citizens, improving quality of life and place. This panel will feature leaders from three Talent Hubs – Albuquerque, Tulsa and Shasta, CA., who will provide insight into these distinct community-driven models for attainment and prepare attendees to position themselves as drivers of regional attainment and economic success.
      Moderator:
      5:15 PM  -  6:15 PM
      Welcome Reception
      After a busy first day, this reception is your opportunity to relax and network with fellow participants.
       

      Thursday, November 16, 2017

      7:15 AM  -  8:30 AM
      Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
      7:15 AM  -  11:00 AM
      Exhibit Hall Open
      7:30 AM  -  8:30 AM
      Knowing When to Do What: The Importance of Intentional Advising for Military Affiliated Students
      This presentation will address the importance of utilizing an intentional and holistic advising approach with military-affiliated students. Institutions often pigeon-hole these students based on their military training and experiences, focusing solely on getting the maximum credits possible without taking a big picture look at whether the credits will hurt or help the student. We will explore real life examples taking a macro approach to career and academic goals.
      Workshop Presenter:
      8:30 AM  -  9:30 AM
      Corporate Perspective on Talent
      Hear business leaders provide insight into how colleges and universities can best prepare students to enter the workforce. Topics to be covered include best practices for forming partnerships with corporations, how to strengthen relationships between higher ed and the workforce, and more.
      Introductions:
      Moderator:
      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Round Table Discussions
      10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
      Author Book Signing - Assessing Learning: Quality Standards and Institutional Commitments
      Meet co-authors Catherine Marienau and Donna Younger at Thursday Morning's coffee break, when both will be available for book signings at the CAEL Booth in the Exhibit Hall. Purchase a copy (or bring your own) and take advantage of this exclusive opportunity. Assessing Learning is available for purchase at the CAEL Booth.
      10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
      Morning Coffee Break
      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Workshop Series #3
      12:30 PM  -  2:00 PM
      Luncheon & Program: Carlo Salerno, VP Data Analytics, Strada & Award Presentations
      One of the most profound changes affecting postsecondary education in the United States today is the make-up of who now attends. As the traditional college population increasingly gives way to growing percentages of adult learners, their different prior learning experiences, financing challenges and general life constraints are already having a profound effect on the American education marketplace. What drives these students to pursue the education opportunities they do and how they manage them is not well documented, even as they’re set to potentially become the new “traditional” student. Listen as Carlo Salerno, VP for Analytics with Strada Education Network, discusses findings from a new, large-scale consumer poll on postsecondary experiences, as well as the unique economic challenges institutional leaders and policy makers face as they look to retool for the 21st century economy.
      Speaker:
      Award Winner:
      Introductions:
      Award Presentation:
      2:15 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Exhibit Hall Open
      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Workshop Series #4
      3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Wellness Break
      4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      SevenFourteenTwenty-Eight

      No longer than Seven minutes

      No more than Fourteen slides

      No less than Twenty-Eight point font

      Join us for a series of quick-fire seven minute long presentations covering a range of topics and methods for attracting, engaging and graduating adult learners.

      Facilitator:
      4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      The New Directions in Quality Learning: Positioning Adult Learning at the Head of the Curve
      Educators, employers, and scholars of “what works” for student success have reached strong agreement on the key components of a quality education for 21st century learners, especially the nation’s most vulnerable learners. While this is rarely acknowledged, many of these “equity-minded” quality learning practices were first pioneered in programs designed specifically to serve working adults and other underserved students. Dr. Schneider will present a framework for 21st century quality learning that applies both to adult learners and to students of all ages who seek new opportunity through their college studies. She will urge adult educators to claim their rightful place in the new quality-equity learning continuum and to see themselves as advocates, both for adult learners and for urgently needed transformative change across the entirety of postsecondary learning environments.
      Introductions:
       

      Friday, November 17, 2017

      7:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
      Conference Registration Re-opens
      7:45 AM  -  9:00 AM
      Continental Breakfast
      8:00 AM  -  8:30 AM
      Adult Learner 360 Tour
      Learn more about CAEL’s new tool, the Adult Learner 360. Adult Learner 360 helps your college or university map the route to adult student success. Made up of two surveys, one for institutions and one for adult students, Adult Learner 360 compares institutional perceptions against adult students’ using CAEL’s Ten Principles for Effectively Serving Adults. This is a significant upgrade to the Adult Learner Focused Institution (ALFI) Toolkit that CAEL has provided for many years. Come check it out! We will provide a tour of the new features and a sneak peek into resources for connecting your Adult Learner 360 data to your accreditation self-study.
      8:00 AM  -  9:20 AM
      SevenFourteenTwenty-Eight - Washington Monthly

      No longer than Seven minutes

      No more than Fourteen slides

      No less than Twenty-Eight point font

      Join us for a series of quick-fire seven minute long presentations highlighting institutions well ranked by the 2016 Washington Monthly and their best practices.

      Facilitator:
      9:15 AM  -  9:30 AM
      Coffee on the Run
      9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
      Workshop Series #5
      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Higher Education Funders - A Look at Things To Come
      Funders will provide insight into how postsecondary education is evolving to meet the changing needs of adult students. In light of the new administration, this panel will answer the question: Where does higher education go from here? Followed by closing remarks - join us for the chance to win fabulous door prizes, including an Amazon gift card, apple watch, and a complimentary pass to the 2018 CAEL Conference in Cleveland!
      Speaker:
      Introductions:
      Moderator:
      12:15 PM 
      2017 Conference Adjourns
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