• EdTalks
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      Thursday, November 15, 2018

      9:45 AM  -  10:55 AM
      Building a Lifelong Learning Culture through State-subsidised Training Opportunities
      SkillsFuture is a national movement to provide Singaporeans with the opportunities to develop their fullest potential so as to attain satisfaction at work throughout life. This initiative will serve to drive Singapore's next phase of development towards an advanced economy and inclusive society. This presentation will cover the actions that are put in place to build a lifelong learning culture in Singapore and the ways the Institutions of Higher Learning have responded to this movement to date.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:55 AM
      Higher Education Unlocked

      Higher Education Unlocked is an initiative led by John F. Kennedy University Online powered by FlexCourse (FlexCourse), in concert with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), Edovo and Sanford Programs. Using a proprietary learning management system operated by National University System, FlexCourse seeks to provide adult learners, mainly working adults and nontraditional learners, an exceptional online learning experience. All courses and degree programs offered by FlexCourse attempt to (1) lower the cost of tuition, (2) make learning flexible and convenient, (3) provide online learners proactive faculty initiated supports, and (4) offer accelerated pathways to degree completion.

      This presentation will showcase an initiative focused on providing adults (i.e., stay-at-home moms, single mothers, senior citizens, etc.) who have been locked out of higher education because of cost and other factors an opportunity to pursue stackable post-secondary credentials and degrees. This particular initiative will focus on ex-offenders (or what we call “returning citizens”) and corrections staff. We seek to provide them with an affordable post-secondary education aligned with viable employment and career advancement opportunities. CAEL will lead the effort to prepare the target participants for learning and employment opportunities by assessing their existing skills and competencies. The CAEL pre-program assessments will be used to help some of the participants, as appropriate, earn credit for the program’s learning outcomes and competencies they may have based on previous work and life experiences.

      FlexCourse will offer pilot participants a new low-cost AA degree uniquely designed for the 21st-century workforce. The AA degree will position participants to re-enter the workforce, advance their careers, or pursue four-year or graduate school opportunities. The project team is poised to expand the pilot project into a national initiative that would include an income-based repayment plan and program offerings that can be extended to the family members of the target population.

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      9:45 AM  -  10:55 AM
      Nuro Retention
      Nuro is the most comprehensive predictive and proactive student success system available on the market today!
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      9:45 AM  -  10:55 AM
      Support for Military Connected Students at the Community College - One Colleges Efforts
      Over the past several years, veterans and military connected personnel have been returning to higher education in larger numbers. Pellissippi State Community College would like to showcase our efforts at supporting these students to completion. We will highlight our statewide prior learning assessment program. We will also discuss our various other support initiatives such as the lending library, veteran success center and on-demand tutoring.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:55 AM
      The Novel Initiative: building the empathy skillset in classroom and corporation
      This presentation details a strategically-aligned partnership that is creating new relevancies in teaching and learning in Arizona in an unexpected place: the health sector. The collaborative academic-industry effort seeks to build empathy capacity in health administration graduate students, health system leaders, and veterans/active duty military, using narrative non-fiction and guided discussion to build what the research demonstrates to be a need in the health sector for this skill set.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:55 AM
      The 'PLA Effect' at Pennsylvania State University
      In a follow up to our participation in CAEL's 'Fueling the Race to Post-secondary Success,' Penn State studied the relationships between PLA type and 6-year graduation rate and time to degree, combining a traditional institutional research regression model with a big data machine learning model.
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      Friday, November 16, 2018

      8:00 AM  -  9:20 AM
      A New Framework For Student Success to Close the Skills Awareness Gap

      Learn how to transition your institution from siloed campus initiatives to a new Student Success Framework that is student-centered, competency-based, and connected to career readiness. See how institutions are integrating their academic technology in order to put students first, help them understand the true value of their degree, and articulate their career ready skills to employers.

      In this EdTalk, you’ll learn the importance of:

      • Creating a new framework for Student Success at your institution
      • Implementing academic technology that puts students first
      • Creating synergy across campus initiatives for the benefit of students
      • Documenting prior curricular and co-curricular skills and competencies

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      8:00 AM  -  9:20 AM
      A Scholars Story - Paying It Forward
      Come listen to how an elected official's desire to complete her higher education has not only become a reality, but a dream come true for her entire community. Hosted by Kimo Kippen, hear how the Working Scholars program is bringing the classroom to the smart phone and allowing countless residents the opportunity a chance to complete their bachelors degree at no cost to them, and zero disruption to their work-life balance.
      8:00 AM  -  9:20 AM
      Attracting Adult Learners to Your Institution
      Students are looking for degree completion programs that are accessible, affordable, accelerated, and can advance their careers. And, institutions that have these criteria are helping students persist. You might have a program that encompasses all four of these areas—but how are you showcasing these qualities in order to attract adult learners? Let's discuss more ways to get your program recognized and stand out in the crowd.
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      8:00 AM  -  9:20 AM
      Test development in post-secondary education. Defend your work with best practices.
      Post-secondary institutions have the ability to assess student performance in a variety of ways. When providing final exams, challenge exams, or capstone exams, institutions should be considering the test development process used. Take a moment to consider the test development process we use, and how it (or others) might be applied to work at your institution.
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    • Pre-Conference Workshops
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      Tuesday, November 13, 2018

      8:30 AM  -  4:30 PM
      Focusing on the Outcomes and Using Instructional Materials and Technology to Promote Engagement

      Morning Session: 8:30 AM – Noon: Facilitated by CAEL, this workshop will focus on the development of course learning outcomes and will include strategies for writing effective, and measurable outcome statements. Participants will actively evaluate syllabi and practice re-writing the outcomes using a formula method for developing outcome statements.

      Afternoon Session: 1:00 – 4:30 PM: Facilitated by Quality Matters, this workshop will focus on the alignment between learning objectives, assessments, instructional materials, learning activities, and technology and how to integrate them into the classroom.

      Pre-Conference Presenter:
      8:30 AM  -  4:30 PM
      PLA and the Military-Connected Student

      If you are a student advisor, faculty member, or other academic professional who directly works with military students and their degree plans, this workshop is for you. Bring your laptop! This hands-on workshop will equip participants with the tools and best practices critical to assessing military learning for college credit. Participants will learn how to utilize online resources and will directly apply their learning to review case studies and complete sample degree plans for military students. Classroom activities will include assessing military transcripts (JST/CCAF), navigating the ACE Military Guide and ACE military credit recommendations, identifying potential credit through proficiency testing (e.g., CLEP, DSST, UExcel, etc.) and crosswalking curricula for academic credit. As a result of this workshop, participants will increase their PLA savvy and be able to identify and respond to specific challenges and issues that affect military students’ degree plans.

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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 that 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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      8:30 AM  -  4:30 PM
      Uncovering Knowles: Solving the Mystery of Adult Learner Engagement
      In this workshop, participants will work together to solve the mystery of how to attract and engage their adult learners. We will continue to build on the foundations of Malcolm Knowles’ adult learning theory (andragogy) and move beyond the basic tenants of the theory to design action plans that can assist faculty and administrators in finding new strategies to bring adult students to their programs and keep them actively engaged in the learning process.
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    • Roundtable Discussions
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      Thursday, November 15, 2018

      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Accelerating Degree Completion and Reducing College Costs through CLEP
      Degree completion programs that focus on earning college credits in both timely and cost-effective manners are critical to meet the nation?s college completion goals. This session will provide a detailed overview of the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), highlight data and strategies around Florida?s statewide initiative on increasing degree completers, and explain the successful growth of a degree completion program at the University of Memphis.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Closing the Educational Gap: Using Accelerated Options Through Prior Learning
      APEL (Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning) helps students identify what they have learned during their adult life experiences and how that learning can apply toward college credits. Based on the process of theory-practice-learning, an APEL course can help students learn how to articulate what they already know, what they can do and ultimately teaches adult learners how to back up their claims toward their creditable achievements.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Competency-based Workforce Strengthening in a Skill Economy
      Healthcare has moved to a Skill Economy; a system built on the individual skills we possess, work and life experiences, accomplishments, and personal networking. This presentation will discuss the need to create a framework for precision skill pathways to help ensure that both the emerging workforce and working learners develop the necessary competency-driven knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for workplace success.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Creating Data-Driven Decisions within Credit for Prior Learning
      In this session, attendees will learn how data is used to drive a systematic approach to scale credit for prior learning at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC). The presenters will share how they strengthen faculty and administration buy-in through visual data representation, continuous updates, and data sharing.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Credit for Prior Learning and Major Course Credit
      In 2015, National Louis University approved the option for programs to expand the application of Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) to all degree programs (including majors, minors, and concentrations) in both graduate and undergraduate programs. With a long history offering CPL for undergraduate Gen. Ed. Elective and Elective credits, the 2015 academic alert enabled the institution to begin offering CPL at the program level. This workshop will address these new initiatives and efforts.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Developing iPLA Requests with Labor Leaders Utilizing The Threshold Learning Model
      Empire State College students in our Labor Studies program develop iPLA requests in areas including safety; collective bargaining; and leadership. 'The Threshold Learning Model' focuses on four main topics: 'Sources of Learning' (establishing locations of experience;) 'Skills and Knowledge' (the student's reflection on experiences which led to learning;) 'Skills and Concepts' (qualification of learning by various standards;) and 'Specific Learning' (where they justify their credit requests.)
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Do you see what I see: Using technology to advise and retain adult students
      Attend this discussion regarding the use of LMS, CRM and Video Conferencing systems to connect all students, regardless of location/platform and improve adult student retention, evenwith non-integrated systems.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Edutainment for Adult Learners? Revitalizing the Art and Science of Adult Learning Theory
      When it comes to student engagement and involvement, adult learners want more. Gone are the days of dull lectures and robot-like online instructors. Today?s adult learners expect curriculum to be interactive, collaborative and career focused. This roundtable discussion will include participants in a dialog as to how adult learning, especially in online courses, can be revitalized to entertain and educate adult learners. Specific strategies, tools and activities will be shared among participants.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Ensuring Excellence: Training, Mentoring, & Affirming Adjunct Faculty in Degree Completion Programs
      Proper training and affirmation of adjunct faculty is critical in order to ensure uniformity, rigor, and excellence. In this session, participants will hear how one university with nearly 50 adjunct faculty formed an Adjunct Faculty Management Team, developed a multi-module online training course for new adjuncts, systematized regular online and classroom observations of adjunct faculty, and launched a mentorship program ? all with only a handful of regular faculty available to help.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Exponential Growth: Attracting the Adult Learner at JHU's Carey Business School with Executive Ed
      Johns Hopkins University?s Carey Business School has grown executive education exponentially over the past two years with no signs of slowing down. Learn how Carey achieved this growth and continues to innovate to meet market demand by developing programs that attract the adult learner. As one of the fastest growing areas in higher education today, executive ed offers new opportunities for students and is highly aligned with employer demand.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      From Consumer to Producer of Research: Scaffolding in Doctoral Research Classes to Promote Retention
      Our approach to supporting the transition from consumer of research to producer of research for returning adult part-time doctoral students involves a four-step scaffolding approach in the research methodology coursework. In an integrated class, students collect raw data, aggregate data as a class, code the data with NVivo software, and produce and defend a final case narrative. This approach is then carried to subsequent coursework which then helps students hone their own research prospectus.
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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 them to graduation is an even bigger task. With all the things that need to be juggled by this population, finishing the degree often drops to the bottom of the list. This presentation will explain how the Finish Line Program, a degree completion program at the University of Memphis, has utilized Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) avenues like CLEP exams, portfolio credit and even continuing education courses
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Innovative Recruitment Strategies for Adult Learners: Lessons Learned
      This presentation will provide an overview of lessons learned to successfully recruit adult learners to both undergraduate and graduate programs in a large social work program in the Midwest. 
      Multiple strategies have been attempted, but five main approaches have demonstrated to be most successful in our efforts. We will review these strategies and then open the remaining time of the session to discuss the strategies that the session participants have found to be successful.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Let's HEAR What Adult Learners Have to Say about Hybrid Classes
      Online education has evolved to meet the diverse needs of adult students, and hybrid classes are often described as the best of both worlds - using a combination of online and face-to-face formats. Join this round table discussion to learn about recent research that focused on the perceptions of adult students regarding their experiences in hybrid classes. As educators, we can use this information to improve curriculum, delivery format, and ultimately persistence and degree completion.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Lifelong Learning: Challenges, Strategies, and Priorities
      Help Shape the Future! The Coalition of Lifelong Learning Organizations (COLLO) is in the midst of identifying today?s major issues in providing lifelong learning opportunities for adults and actions to resolve them, interviewing 30 + leaders in lifelong learning . Central questions address pressing challenges, promising practices and helpful policies. Preview findings at this session. Provide your perspectives on questions and responses and, importantly, help set priorities. Let us know how CO
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Moving Your Adult Program to the Next Level
      Following the workshop by the same name, the four presenters will continue the discussion on best practices and adult learning principles at their institutions. The four areas are:- PLA- Advising/Coaching- Faculty- New Opportunities
      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      PLA Redesign: Implementing a Smarter Approach
      Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) redesigned its local prior learning assessment (PLA) process, while advancing the development of a statewide PLA database. CGTC expanded options for assessing nontraditional college-level learning and streamlined submission and review of PLA credit requests. The new approach decreased the workload for recurring PLA requests, improved feedback from faculty subject matter experts, and reduced the response time to students.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Redesigning and Building Futures
      With an understanding that education boosts marketability and yields a greater competitive advantage, adult learners are enrolling in higher education in record numbers. For some businesses, customer retention is about keeping a customer for life and encouraging them to make as many purchases as possible. In others, like real estate, a customer is likely to make one or two large purchases over the course of their lifetime. In higher education, we?re somewhere in between ? we want to retain stude
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Sowing CPL Seeds Statewide: A System Case Study
      In this interactive session, participants will engage case examples of key changes in system procedures that support a robust CPL program (such as residency credit for internal assessments conducted by faculty). A demonstration of the online CPL professional development academy will provide take-away ideas for your own campus or system to build buy-in and expertise among faculty, administrators, advisors, and student-services staff.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Synergies Among Online, Adult, and Workplace Learning
      Online learning, adult learning and workplace learning have important synergies in practice that have yet to be fully explored. This workshop will surface participants' attitudes toward online learning, consider the many intersections between online learning and adult learning, and workplace learning, explore other perspectives in the literature and 'in the room,' and generate or amplify means of capitalizing on these connections.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      The Death of Adult Education?
      The Death of Adult Education? Many adult programs are booming; others are struggling to survive because of competition, finances and the demands of accrediting agencies. What actually makes our adult programs distinctive? What gives them life? How can we--do we want to--sustain what we do as adult educators? Or, would we be better off giving up what has made us different and becoming part of conventional higher education where we can actually offer so much about teaching and learning?
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      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      We Are Family: Building a Successful and Sustainable CPL Program
      Just as student success depends on many areas of an academic institution working in concert, so too, does the success of your prior learning assessment (PLA) program! We will explore the unique contribution required of key areas to grow and maintain PLA. Learn about our multi-stage approach to building a strong program that involves faculty, staff, and administrators working together harmoniously across a large institution. Everyone has an important part to play in the success of PLA.

    • Workshops
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      Wednesday, November 14, 2018

      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Career Advocacy and the Non-Traditional Student
      The traditional Career Services model used on most college campuses was not designed with the adult, non-traditional, or on-line student in mind. Professional-level networking and innovation are needed to provide effective, customized career guidance for the non-traditional student population. Learn how using a concierge-approach to career development is most valuable for students with prior workforce experience but limited time on-campus.
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      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Experience as the Source of Learning: the Development and Teaching of a Learning Portfolio Course
      Experience as the source of learning shares with participants the value of establishing a partnership between faculty, researchers, and administration in the development and implementation of a learning portfolio course. In 2013 the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State took this approach in the establishment of a successful writing intensive portfolio program. The presentation addresses establishing partnerships, methodology, and a guide to teaching a learning portfolio course.
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      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Fireside Chat: The Challenges of Re-Orienting a Traditional Institution Toward the Modern Student
      The 'traditional' students of old have given way to a much more diverse and distributed student body, but many of our institutions haven't kept pace. So, how can we help our institutions re-orient themselves toward the modern student? Join us for a fireside chat with representatives from Penn State World Campus, as they describe the transformation their institution is undergoing, the lessons they've learned and the outcomes they've seen.
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      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Frontline to Finish Line: Serving Up Second Chances for Adult Learners
      Millions of adults need a second chance at education and career advancement and for many it starts with a high school diploma. Learn how corporate, education and workforce leaders are encouraging adults to earn their basic high school credential and advance into post-secondary programs. Panelists share strategies for reengaging learners and job seekers through innovative educational solutions, WIOA funding, and employee education programs that help people advance personally and professionally.
      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      How Data & Automation Humanize Student Experience

      To meet the needs of today’s students, colleges and universities are turning to automated software and data analysis to enrich the student experience. This session explores the growth in institutions capturing student data and employing automation strategies to enhance learning capabilities and improve student outcomes. Speakers will illustrate how tech is enriching student/faculty interaction and doing so more efficiently, more affordably, and at scales not previously seen.


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      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Student Veterans Pioneering PLA
      The University of Wyoming's (UW) Veteran Service Center (VSC) has sponsored an initiative to honor veterans prior learning experiences through reinvigorating the UW PLA Program. The VSC-PLA Pilot Program is a beta-test utilizing the Veterans Transition First Year Seminar (FYS) to require a research project that produces a PLA ePortfolio (Canvas). The PLA ePortfolio is used to petition the registrar's office for college level credit. I respectfully request to share our Student Veteran PLA story.
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      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Using 'Last Lectures' in a PLA Portfolio Development Course
      Northern Marianas College's PLA program invites students to deliver "Last Lectures" upon submission of their PLA portfolios. Patterned after the practice of Last Lectures often given by retiring college professors, their talks summarize and synthesize the most important experiential lessons they have gleaned while assembling their portfolios. This workshop will feature a selection of PLA Last Lectures to engage faculty practitioners in a discussion of the reflective value of the lectures.
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      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      What does Quality look like in Accelerated Programs for Adult Learners?
      In this day of multiple delivery methods, the use of time alone to document achievement of a degree has long passed. Accelerated and intensive delivery formats are just one more step in the progress toward using learning outcomes in a wide variety of ways to meet student needs. However, accelerated programs must operate at a high level of quality. Through research and documentation of best practice, the Council for Accelerated Programs developed the Quality Standards for Accelerated Programs in higher education. Numerous institutions have used these standards to improve their existing services as well as prepare for regional accreditation reviews. At this workshop, participants will learn the quality standards and apply them to their new or existing programs.
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      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Building a Citywide Pathway from Adult Education to Careers
      Women Employed leads a collaboration between City Colleges of Chicago and community organizations to create an aligned citywide pathway for low-skilled adults. No matter where a student enters and what skill level they have, they can move through adult education, earn credentials, progress into college credit, and prepare for jobs. This presentation will feature free, online lesson plans for Career Foundations and bridge courses that launch students along the right pathway.
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      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Building an Equitable Workforce Through Targeted Online Learning for Underprepared Students
      There exists need to prepare students for jobs at all levels, including underprepared learners. Online education providers will be essential to meeting these needs. Due to the intentional design of online education, there is a wealth of data on how students learn. Yet, this data is largely underutilized. This session will demonstrate how this data can be leveraged to build an Evidence-Based Retention Plan and connect underprepared students with optimal online learning and workforce contribution.
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      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Competency-Based Education: Ready, Set, Launch
      Learn from Texas A&M University-Commerce and South Texas College about CBE program development, and discuss successes and challenges of implementation. This workshop is comprised of leaders in competency-based education which manage Texas Affordable Baccalaureate initiatives on their campuses. This session will concentrate on known best practices as well as barriers, highlighting the efforts of multiple campuses to meet the needs of 60x30TX ,the state?s strategic plan.
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      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Complete 2 Compete: C2C Coaches and Coach Dashboard System/Complete 2 Compete
      Learn how Mississippi's two separate higher educational systems joined forces to create a successful statewide initiative encouraging adult non-completers to return to college and finish their degree. This workshop will focus on C2C Coaches at the 24 institutions, responsibilities, expectations, and interactions with C2C applicants. It will include demonstration of the C2C systems developed to help track applicants and hold coaches accountable to the process, and the integrated grant system.
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      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Insights from the Field: The Lessons Learned from Developing a PLA Program
      Implementing a PLA Program is a large institutional undertaking. It involves addressing questions related to institutional PLA policies, training faculty and staff, and supporting students. The project is underway at a small California community college district. Much has been learned by the colleagues engaged in the work. At this workshop, administrators, faculty, and counselors will share insights from being involved in directing the development of the PLA Program.
      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Military PLA 101

      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. Lisa Ferris-McCann, 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
      Recommendations from the Front: CAEL Assessors share best practices in portfolio assessment
      Join several of CAEL's LearningCounts faculty assessors for a discussion about best practices in portfolio assessment. Assessors from a range of disciplines will share their key learnings about what works (as well as what does not) and what they recommend to institutions and students who are preparing experiential learning portfolios. This workshop will include a panel discussion with the assessors and is geared to anyone who directly supports students who are creating portfolios.
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      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      The Adult Learners in Accelerated Programs: Boomers, X, Y, Z?
      Who are we serving anymore? What is the difference? Don’t we communicate alike? Why do I have to explain everything? Why do they ask “Why?” What’s going on? I don’t have a clue. This may sound familiar. We are in the world of adult generational cohorts where we may not speak the same language. Whether you are advising, recruiting, or teaching adult learners, this session will apply to your position. In this workshop, participants will engage in lively conversations and apply the varied ways in which they must change communication with each generational cohort.
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      Thursday, November 15, 2018

      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Credential Transparency: State Solutions
      Making sense of and making decisions about credentials – what skills and competencies they teach students, what value they have in the labor market, or how they connect within career paths – is challenging and confusing to students, workers, veterans, employers, and policymakers. This workshop will demonstrate how a state’s commitment to transparent credential data can improve access to opportunity, increase accountability, tackle affordability, and meet employer needs. Attendees will participate in a dialogue to better understand the value proposition for states in commiting to credential transparency. This session will provide a tangible example of how the State of Indiana and the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) is working with Credential Engine to bring clarity to the range of credentials in the state. With almost 2,000 Indiana credentials published using a common language - these credentials can now be searched, compared, and understood in new ways that benefit the state and its workers, employers, and students. Indiana will share its plans for utilizing this data to improve systems, policies, and better align education with employer demand. NEBHE is working with four New England states to publish data about their credentials in the bio/life science, health, IT, and business/finance sectors. Their experience working with multiple states to plan the mapping and publishing of credential data will help provide a unique perspective about how to meet state’s differing needs and the benefits transparency can bring to a whole region. This workshop will present scalable solutions and tools for states to acquire their own transparent credential data.
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      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Curriculum Designer, Lead Instructor - Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integra
      This session will introduce participants to "University Studies for Student Veterans" - a carefully-crafted, completely free, massive open online course (MOOC) that helps military-connected students navigate the transition to college, build crucial academic skills, and optimize their performance in the classroom. Other topics covered in the MOOC include: strategies for more effective reading, writing, test preparation, and time management; skill-building for students taking STEM and other technical courses; metacognition and growth mindset. While this course is open to everyone, the content has been tailored specifically for student veterans currently pursuing higher education, active duty servicemembers who aspire to start school or return to school soon, and higher education professionals who work to support military-connected students at their schools. This session will offer an introduction to the MOOC as well as highlight innovative and impactful ways that the curriculum is already being used by colleges and universities across the country.
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      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      How do You Develop Your Part-Time Faculty?
      Working with adjuncts, corporate, affiliated or part-time faculty have separate challenges and opportunities than working with full-time faculty. This workshop explores those challenges and offers some new and best practices to strengthen their connection to your college/university; and most importantly to ensure institution and course objectives are being met. We will discuss course development and instructional pedagogies, continuity, and retention strategies for online, accelerated, graduate and undergraduate courses and faculty incorporating several activities.
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      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Identifying Advocates, Allies and Adversaries in Pursuit of PLA
      In order to advance Prior Learning Assessment conversations at your institution, it is essential to identify, understand, and mobilize PLA advocates, allies and adversaries. Understanding these roles promotes a practical and proactive approach to developing a PLA structure that has broad buy-in to attract students, support momentum, and accelerate completion. The presenters will briefly share the successes and challenges they?ve had at their own institutions implementing PLA, as well as a stat
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      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Implementing a Regional Framework to Prepare a Skilled Workforce
      Central Indiana leaders in higher education, workforce development & economic development are aligning new strategies to address employer demand in growing economy. Ivy Tech Community College & EmployIndy will share community-wide efforts to enhance partnerships to increase the supply of skilled workers. We will interactively share a framework that emphasizes collaboration in: 1) innovative career development services; 2) cooperative employer engagement; and 3) industry-focused curriculum.
      Workshop Presenter:
      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Recognizing Prior Experience: The Intersection of PLA and CBE
      Join this workshop, hosted by SUNY Empire State College (ESC), an innovator and leader in Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) and in competency-based degree programs, and CBEESC ? Sagence Learning, a leader in technology for competency-based education models. Explore the intersection of PLA and CBE, engage with sample competency-based PLA guides, and consider how competency-based methods can support prior learning assessment and credentialing at your own institution.
      Workshop Presenter:
      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Shifting the Design: State Policies for Adult Learner Success
      With the surge of adult learners coming to college campuses, states continue to enact and implement adult learner friendly policies to increase completion with this important student population. This session aims to highlight progress, innovations and opportunities for improvement in serving adult learners through state policy. Session goals include knowledge building, identifying policy barriers, and collaborative solutions for adult student success.
      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Teaching Portfolio Assessment with LearningCounts: Collaborative Models
      CAEL introduced their national portfolio assessment service, LearningCounts, in 2011, with one portfolio development course and a handful of institutions. Now, over 55 institutions use LearningCounts for their student portfolio assessment. LearningCounts offers three portfolio development courses and five distribution modes for their courses, all of which culminate with LearningCounts faculty evaluators assessing portfolios and making credit recommendations!
      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Adult Learner Programmatic Design for Accessibility and Flexibility: Developing a Culture of Agility
      This workshop will draw from The College of New Rochelle, School of new Resources' four plus decades of experience in developing a culture of agility in its delivery of an adult learner program that achieves strategic retention objectives in the face of continuous internal and external changes. We will be sharing macro and micro strategic methods that will help workshop attendees learn new ways to retain and increase adult learner persistence to graduation.
      Workshop Presenter:
      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Are You a Leader? Do you want to be a leader?
      Leadership is at all levels. We lead even if we are not in a defined "leadership role". This workshop will help anyone become a better leader of innovative programs. Leadership takes many forms and participants will review popular leadership styles, EI (emotional intelligence), collaboration and communication. Participants will learn how to apply different leadership tools and how they relate to higher education constituencies, especially those dealing with non-traditional semester formats.
      Workshop Presenter:
      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Conclusions from the Pilot: Building Partnerships by Linking Workforce Systems to Community Colleges
      Over the past 18 months, CAEL has been working with four selected sites to conduct an innovative pilot for linking workforce systems and community colleges with PLA crosswalks, referral systems, and other common activities. These crosswalks have allowed students to automatically earn credit for completed workforce board-supported trainings without the need for additional assessments. Learn how, with support from the ECMC Foundation, the results of CAEL’s pilot project in Seattle, Miami, Philadelphia, and Norfolk-Virginia Beach have explored 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 session will highlight the results of the pilot, including opportunities and challenges, as well as recommendations for communities that would like to undertake similar efforts in the future for improving coordination between higher education and workforce systems.
      Workshop Presenter:
      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Getting Results: How to educate and support today’s adult learners
      For the last three years, the Washington Monthly has issued rankings of the Best Colleges for Adult Learners. In this session, three institutions that ranked in the top 100 in 2018 share their insights, programs and practices in supporting their students. Representatives of Golden Gate University, Post University, and Indiana Wesleyan University will discuss how they address the key strategies of a “best college”: ease of transfer, flexibility of programs, services for adult students, getting students to graduation, and helping graduates connect to employment opportunities. 
      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Increasing Opportunity for Adult Learners through Workforce-Relevant Credentials
      Today’s rapidly changing workforce demands mean learning has become a lifelong endeavor, with professionals continuously pursuing new learning opportunities to remain competitive in the workplace. This has launched an explosion of adult learning opportunities such as corporate training programs, boot camps, MOOCs, post-secondary education and the documentation for that learning takes various forms such as skills-based certificates, industry-awarded certifications, degrees, badges, work-based apprenticeship documentation, and more. However, under the current credentialing system, it’s difficult for individuals to know which education or training programs should be pursued to secure their desired job or build the skills needed to remain relevant in today’s workforce. It’s equally challenging for students to know how credentials translate from one job or program to another and which credentials are high quality. The dialogue then becomes how do you capture adult learning to help adults better navigate the myriad pathways to successful employment. As these trends intersect, training institutions, employers, and job-seekers are expanding their traditional resumes and transcripts to also include digital credentials and badges that more effectively recognize and track discrete skills and competencies. These credentials and badges have become a valuable form of labor market currency that are creating new opportunities for employers, employees, and job applicants. To provide a real world example and share practical insights into the development of a digital badge program, Pat Leonard will describe how the Colorado Community College System partnered with Credly and local employers to launch a digital badge program and establish multiple points of entry and exits in career and educational pathways to ensure that education and career training is relevant for today’s workforce. She will also share insights on how other employers and higher education institutions are designing work-force relevant digital badge programs for the growing number of lifelong learners that fluidly move between traditional, workforce, and alternative education programs.
      Workshop Presenter:
      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Seamless Academic Progression through an Innovative System of Prior Learning Assessment
      Innovative use of PLA was employed to attract and retain students, and support a seamless progression toward degree completion. Benefits include ongoing faculty support, decreased time to graduation, and increased student and employer satisfaction. As a result of the success, a partnership was established with a regional healthcare system to expand educational opportunities for registered nurses and other health care professionals.
      Workshop Presenter:
      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Taking a Fresh Look at Assessing Military Learning
      When it comes to awarding credit for military learning, whether considering credit for experiential or school based, most institutions rely on the ACE Credit Recommendations. We have one method and one approach: we evaluate based on our institutions decision to accept only the school based, or a combo of that and the experiential (e.g. MOS) based learning. The lens we view from is a course (on our side) but as more of the services move to competencies, we see the rapid shifts in knowledge required in many fields (e.g. cybersecurity) and as we identify and develop more predictive and performance based metrics on students it is time for us to shake off the restraints of the past and find new ways to consider credit for military learning.
      Workshop Presenter:
      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      The Myth of if You Build it They Will Come
      Discover how two Minnesota Institutions, with the help of the Title III grant, is expanding and exploring industry partnerships. Creative and innovative ideas are being used in recruitment and retention. Partnering academic and Career Training/Continuing Education to expand our reach in the community and creating paths to degrees.
       

      Friday, November 16, 2018

      9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
      Achieving Equity through Greater Investments in Single Mothers’ Postsecondary Success

      High-quality postsecondary credentials are increasingly required to secure employment and strengthen family economic security. Yet, despite the transformative power of higher education and training, single student mothers have disproportionately low rates of college completion: just 28 percent graduate with a credential within six years of enrolling in college. Investing in key supports—such as high-quality early childhood education, housing, transportation, life skills training, family coaching, and financial assistance—that address single mothers’ needs while in college or job training increases their rate of credential attainment and earnings, which can lead to multigenerational benefits. Through an interactive discussion among the ECMC Foundation, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), and Jeremiah Program, we will explore the policy, institutional, and programmatic shifts that can improve single mothers’ access to and success in education and training. A review of data describing single student mothers and discussion of findings from a recent IWPR study will shed light on the quantifiable benefits of investing in these students’ educational success. We will also explore challenges, opportunities, and effective strategies for promoting single mother family success through a holistic, two-generation approach pioneered by the Jeremiah Program, including a first-hand perspective from one of the Program’s graduates.

      9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
      Assessing Learning in Real Time
      Don't waste time teaching what they already know! How do we KNOW what learners know? Many teachers say, 'I feel like they get it.' Well, turn that feeling into concrete evidence. Before outlining portfolio assessments and deciding what makes or does not make the portfolio, instructors should take the time to assess where a students is in the lesson cycle. Modifying instruction based on informal feedback is critical as adult education leans toward a tailored instructional approach.
      Workshop Presenter:
      9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
      Building Trust and Gaining Acceptance: Overcoming the PLA Angst
      Colleges provide a pathway for students to earn credit for past, testing for what they already know, and moving forward to what they need to know. It sounds great in theory. In practice, it can cause college staff and faculty to feel overloaded and fearful for validation of programs and positions. The key to a successful PLA process implementation is building trust and gaining acceptance. Explore methods of building trust and gaining acceptance college wide in this interactive presentation.
      Workshop Presenter:
      9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
      Evolving Marketing and Recruitment for Today?s Adult Student
      As the number of high school graduates continues to lag in most parts of the United States, success in the recruitment and retention of adult students continues to take center stage in contributing to the overall health of colleges and universities who had the foresight to invest in this key population. With this increased pressure comes the need to evaluate and evolve our efforts in reaching the adult student of today. What we often don’t realize is that these adult students have evolved exponentially in the last 15 years. Today’s adult students were some of the first to use Facebook, they grew up with online classes in their high schools, and have had computers in their classrooms since they were in kindergarten. Challenge yourself to answer a few key questions. • Has your institution kept up with the rapid evolution of this changing population?• Are you marketing to this population the same way you were 10 years ago? • What role can PLA play in positioning yourself with this market?• What recruitment modifications have you made to ensure you are striking a solid balance in attracting adults in today’s aggressive recruitment market?• Do you have a clear understanding of what today’s adult students think about online delivery? Hybrid delivery? Face-to face classes? Informed by research and a decade of experience with some of the most progressive adults student programs in the nation, this session will be rich in practical tactics to apply in your institutional setting.
      Workshop Presenter:
      9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
      The Evolving Quality Standards for Assessing Student Learning
      In any professional setting, standards express the values and priorities of the field and are intended to guide practice across its breadth and depth. The quality standards introduced in CAEL's third edition of Assessing Learning (2017) reflect an emphasis on purpose-driven assessment that can serve broader educational goals and priorities. These standards reveal new priorities for advancing equity through assessment and ensuring that assessment activities clearly serve student learning.
      Workshop Presenter:
      9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
      Understanding Adult Learners, CBE, and the Laws of Supply and Demand

      We hear a lot these days about enrollment “fit”, even among prospective adult learners and the schools or programs they are thinking of attending. We also continue to hear ongoing speculation over whether the time has finally come for competency-based education (CBE) to scale and grow. As they explore their options for continuing their education, will adult learners be swayed by the potential benefits of CBE? Is there real demand for CBE from prospective adult learners, and if so, are schools prepared to meet it?

      In an attempt to answer these questions, this workshop explores two unique studies recently conducted by Eduventures: the Adult Prospect Survey (APS) and the 2018 National Survey of Postsecondary CBE (NSPCBE). Eduventures’ APS utilizes a set of behavioral and attitudinal mindsets to understand adult learner enrollment patterns, while the NSPCBE builds on three years of research into CBE and incorporates the largest survey of institutional CBE implementation.

      * Key Takeaways/Lessons
      * Using the lens of the APS prospective adult learner mindsets, attendees will explore evidence of any preferences for CBE programming.
      * Evidence from the 2018 NSPCBE will be examined for evidence of CBE implementation.
      * Using both data sources, attendees will consider whether demand for CBE may or may not outweigh current implementation trends.

      Workshop Presenter:
      9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
      Veteran Pathways to Success in Nursing and Healthcare
      Today’s military veterans sometimes experience barriers to their successful transition to academia and new careers. The objective of University of Michigan-Flint’s Veterans BSN (VBSN) program is to reduce barriers that interfere with nursing education and career transition, while building healthy communities and strengthening the healthcare workforce through recruitment, successful nursing program matriculation, licensure and employment of U.S. veterans into professional nursing. One of the methods being utilized is a collaborative student centered approach with educational partner, the Division of Health Sciences at Mott Community College. Michigan’s VBSN program is addressing the challenges faced by Veterans returning to academia, and have developed a pathway for students to take courses at the community college level, then transfer credit to the University to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Additionally, UM-Flint has developed support services including a Vet2Vet Student Coaching program whereby recent Veteran graduates and upper classmen provide structured coaching for Veteran students beginning the program. A Dual Enrollment model with our local high school JROTC programs and a dental assisting proposed accelerated model will also be presented. Both of these models assist with bridging the gap for our Veterans into education and employment.

    • General Program
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      Tuesday, November 13, 2018

      7:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
      Pre-Conference Registration
      8:30 AM  -  4:30 PM
      Pre-conference Workshops
      3:00 PM  -  7:00 PM
      Registration for CAEL Conference
       

      Wednesday, November 14, 2018

      7:00 AM  -  5:00 PM
      CAEL Conference Registration Re-opens
      7:30 AM  -  8:30 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.
      Speakers:
      Presenter:
      9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Welcome Address and Keynote: Adult Education Consumers: Learning, Work and Well-Being

      Understanding the consumer motivations and experiences of adult learners allows us to meet them where they are and help them fulfill their aspirations—not our assumptions. The Strada-Gallup Education Consumer Survey provides unique insight into the education, work and life connections of American adults. With a database of over 270,000 individual responses, we are able to see how these connections develop and evolve over a lifetime. Strada Education Network reports on new insights into how adults navigate and balance personal well-being, education and careers from age 25 to 55.

      Keynote Speaker:
      Speaker:
      10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
      Morning Coffee Break
      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Marie Cini's Listening Tour
      Meet CAEL's new President, Marie Cini. Marie wants to hear from you! Join Dr. Cini to share your thoughts and questions as CAEL prepares for the future.
      Speakers:
      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Workshop Series #1
      12:30 PM  -  2:00 PM
      Luncheon & Program

      "Supporting the Comeback: Financial Aid, Basic Needs, and Degree Completion."

      This talk will describe the challenges facing students who've returned to college and, in particular, how leveraging financial aid and other supports to meet their basic needs can promote degree completion.

      Speaker:
      Award Winner:
      Presenter:
      Introductions:
      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Marie Cini's Listening Tour
      Meet CAEL's new President, Marie Cini. Marie wants to hear from you! Join Dr. Cini to share your thoughts and questions as CAEL prepares for the future.
      Speakers:
      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Workshop Series #2
      3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Book Signing - Peter Smith

      Free-Range Learning in the Digital Age: The Emerging Revolution in College, Career, and Education

      With the emergence of the digital revolution, traditional educational assumptions and programs are being significantly disrupted. Historically, educational practices that attempted to bridge the gap between adults’ lives, college, and work were marginalized because our society was information-poor and they defied the dominant academic traditions. Now, the tables are turned. In our information-rich, digitized society, new technologies and data analytics are defining learning opportunities that were previously unimaginable. Free-Range Learning In the Digital Age: Your Path to Success in Life, Career, and College will define this new learning space and give the reader the awareness, knowledge, and tools to use it.

      Author:
      3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Book Signing - Sara Goldrick-Rab

      Paying the Price:
      College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream

      One of the most sustained and vigorous public debates today is about the value—and, crucially, the price—of college. But an unspoken, outdated assumption underlies all sides of this debate: if a young person works hard enough, they’ll be able to get a college degree and be on the path to a good life.

      That’s simply not true anymore, says Sara Goldrick-Rab, and with Paying the Price, she shows in damning detail exactly why. Quite simply, college is far too expensive for many people today, and the confusing mix of federal, state, institutional, and private financial aid leaves countless students without the resources they need to pay for it. Drawing on an unprecedented study of 3,000 young adults who entered public colleges and universities in Wisconsin in 2008 with the support of federal aid and Pell Grants, Goldrick-Rab reveals the devastating effect of these shortfalls. Half the students in the study left college without a degree, while less than twenty percent finished within five years. The cause of their problems, time and again, was lack of money. Unable to afford tuition, books, and living expenses, they worked too many hours at outside jobs, dropped classes, took time off to save money, even went without adequate food or housing. In a heartbreaking number of cases, they simply left school—not with a degree, but with crippling debt.

      We can fix this problem. Goldrick-Rab closes the book by laying out a number of possible solutions, including a public sector–focused “first degree free” program. What’s not an option, this powerful shows, is doing nothing, and continuing to crush the college dreams of a generation of young people.

      Speaker:
      3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Exhibit Hall Opening & Ice Cream Social
      Meet our exhibitors and help yourself to a sweet treat while you network with your colleagues.
      4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      From the Adult Student Report: Building Networks

      Goldie Blumenstyk, author of The Adult Student, a book recently released by The Chronicle of Higher Education, will moderate a panel highlighting best practices in serving adult students.  The panel participants will illustrate concepts in the "Building Networks" section of her book, which focuses on connections between higher education and employers, community organizations, and others in the educational ecosystem.

      Introductions:
      Moderator:
      5:00 PM  -  6:30 PM
      Welcome Reception
      Relax and network with our exhibitors while you enjoy a craft beer and food tasting, featuring breweries local to Cleveland.
       

      Thursday, November 15, 2018

      7:00 AM  -  5:00 PM
      CAEL Conference Registration Re-opens
      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
      Adult Learner 360 Demonstration
      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.
      Workshop Presenter:
      7:30 AM  -  8:30 AM
      Coffee with CAP: Open Table Discussion about Accelerated Programs
      Are you a member of CAP, or are you interested in learning more about Accelerated Programs and their benefits to adult students? Please join us for a lively and candid discussion with leaders and newcomers in the field of accelerated learning. We will be discussing trends, best practices, and challenges. This discussion will be facilitated by Board Members of the Council for Accelerated Programs (CAP), and will provide a venue for questions & answers, and shared insights. No matter where you are in your Accelerated Program journey, we welcome you! Stop by and be a part of an important discussion with a new Special Interest Group in CAEL!
      Speakers:
      8:30 AM  -  9:30 AM
      Incorporating Adult Learning into Leadership, Administration & Teaching
      Ever since since E.L. Thorndike’s Adult Learning was published in 1916 educators and researchers have systematically explored how adults learn. What often gets forgotten, however, is that the insights developed over a century's research on how best to help adults learn apply equally well to organizational behavior. The things adult students value in their teachers are the same things colleagues and employees value in their leaders, administrators and supervisors. What constitutes a responsible exercise of power is the same whether this happens in classrooms, faculty meetings or board rooms. And the public need to model appropriate behaviors crosses contexts. In this session Stephen Brookfield, a six-time winner of the Cyril O. Houle World Award for Literature in Adult Education, will explore how these and other insights from research on adult learning can be integrated into our daily practices, whether we are teachers, administrators or leaders.
      Keynote Speaker:
      Introductions:
      9:45 AM  -  10:55 AM
      EdTalks
      A series of quick-fire seven minute presentations covering a range of topics and methods for attracting, engaging and graduating adult learners
      9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Round Table Discussions
      10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
      Morning Coffee Break
      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Marie Cini's Listening Tour
      Meet CAEL's new President, Marie Cini. Marie wants to hear from you! Join Dr. Cini to share your thoughts and questions as CAEL prepares for the future.
      Speakers:
      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Workshop Series #3
      12:30 PM  -  2:00 PM
      Luncheon & Program

      Promising Pathways for a New World of Learning and Work

      In their session, Michelle Weise and Peter Smith will have a dialogue about the velocity of change and the ways in which adult learners will increasingly be able to navigate new learning pathways and negotiate transitions in a changing world of work. They will also discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead for institutions to ensure that we do not lose sight of learning that occurs beyond the four walls of a classroom.

      Award Winner:
      Presenter:
      Keynote Speakers:
      2:15 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Exhibit Hall Open
      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Marie Cini's Listening Tour
      Meet CAEL's new President, Marie Cini. Marie wants to hear from you! Join Dr. Cini to share your thoughts and questions as CAEL prepares for the future.
      Speakers:
      2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Workshop Series #4
      3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Snack Bar
      Join our exhibitors and prepare for the evening ahead by enjoying popcorn and other traditional movie theatre snacks. Don't forget to check out the films we will debut at tonight's reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Unlikely and The Next Mission.
      4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      Equity in Higher Education

      The United States will not achieve its college attainment goals without closing the achievement gaps that exist between racial and ethnic groups.  This panel will discuss why post-secondary institutions need to focus on issues of equity and share strategies for achieving equity in educational outcomes.

      Introductions:
      4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      Industry/Employer-Education Partnerships: Identifying What Works

      Learn how CAEL's long-standing, strategic employer-education partnerships support both the energy and communications industry sectors to better align industry-relevant, innovative, online curriculum, credential and degree attainment with job and career opportunities to ensure workforce success.

      Introductions:
      Moderator:
      5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM
      PLA Support Group

      Are you finding that your work with PLA to be challenging? Or do you have success stories to share? In this session, we will take one hour for open group dialogue in sharing experiences, obstacles, and best practices in implementing & operating PLA programs. Whether you need to turn to a PLA veteran for advice, talk through a roadblock at your institution, or you want to cheer on others who are earlier on in their PLA journey, join us for the CAEL conference inaugural PLA support group! All levels are welcome.

      Speakers:
      7:00 PM  -  11:00 PM
      Reception at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
      Cleveland Rocks! The CAEL Conference is taking over the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Join us for drinks, food and films while you check out all the impressive museum has to offer.
       

      Friday, November 16, 2018

      7:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
      Conference Registration Re-opens
      7:45 AM  -  9:00 AM
      Continental Breakfast
      8:00 AM  -  9:20 AM
      EdTalks
      9:15 AM  -  9:30 AM
      Coffee on the Run
      9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
      Marie Cini's Listening Tour
      Meet CAEL's new President, Marie Cini. Marie wants to hear from you! Join Dr. Cini to share your thoughts and questions as CAEL prepares for the future.
      Speakers:
      9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
      Workshop Series #5
      11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Closing Session: Is It Time to Retire the "Adult" in Adult Learning?
      Today, adult college students are the norm in higher education. But adults are not a monolith, and the very term “adult” is insufficient to describe their rich variety of characteristics. In reality, adult students include a wide range of ages, backgrounds, career goals, and life situations. Yet, if we are going to serve this new majority of adult learners/earners, we need to find better ways to describe and understand them. Join the President of CAEL and three nationally-known innovators in adult student learning models as they lay the foundation for a national conversation on defining today’s learner.
      Introductions:
      Moderator:
      12:15 PM 
      2018 Conference Adjourns
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