• Pre-Conference Workshops
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      Tuesday, November 5, 2019

      8:00 AM  -  5:00 PM
      Developing PLA-friendly Syllabi and Instructional Learning Outcomes

      This workshop will focus on the development of course learning outcomes and will include strategies for writing effective and measurable outcome statements that are relevant to both traditional classroom instruction and external experiential learning that could be used in prior learning assessment opportunities. Participants will actively evaluate syllabi and practice re-writing the outcomes using a formula method for developing outcome statements.

      Learning Outcomes:

      • Articulate expectations and define success by establishing clear definitions of terms;
      • Help students stay focused on what's important;
      • Help prioritize assessment of learning and provide a bridge to connect with program/institutional goals and co-curricular learning;
      • Within the workshop, these outcomes will be realized through reviewing and revising example syllabi and determining the PLA effectiveness of existing course outcomes.   

      Target Audience: Faculty Members (or anyone responsible for curriculum) who create or revise course syllabi and are responsible for course and program curricula.

      Pre-Conference Presenter:
      8:00 AM  -  5:00 PM
      Faculty Assessor Training for PLA Portfolios and Institutional Assessments

      This newly redesigned workshop will prepare faculty to develop and assess various forms of prior learning assessment; including portfolios and institutional “challenge” assessments. Topics will include developing a portfolio development process for students and designing written challenge exams, skills demonstrations, and oral interviews. Participants will review sample assessment rubrics and will have an opportunity to assess multiple portfolios for practice. Additional activities will including teams working together to map sample assessments back to course outcomes, design sample assessments, and discuss strategies for incorporating different prior learning assessment methods into their curricula. NOTE: Participants who wish to achieve a CAEL Faculty Assessor Certificate must complete the process in a self-directed online assessment module upon the conclusion of the workshop.

      Learning Outcomes:

      • Identify and explain the principles and value of experiential learning;
      • Review the CAEL Ten Standards for Assessing Learning in PLA and discuss how to apply them in practice;
      • Discuss the tools and processes necessary to prepare students for developing portfolios;
      • Practice assessing student portfolios using sample rubrics and providing formative feedback to students;
      • Describe the difference between a course challenge exam and a final exam;
      • Articulate the characteristics of each of the three styles of institutional challenge exams;
      • Compare and contrast the benefits and challenges of each style;
      • Utilize the development tools for each style; and
      • Design an action plan for next steps in developing specific practices at your institution.

      Target Audience: Faculty Members who will be responsible for designing, delivering, and evaluating student portfolios and institutional-based prior learning assessments.

      Pre-Conference Presenter:
      8:00 AM  -  5:00 PM
      From the Ground Up: Building the Foundations of a PLA Program

      This workshop is designed to cover all the questions you have about prior learning assessment but were afraid to ask!  Designed as an introduction to prior learning assessment, the workshop will begin by laying a foundation 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.

      Learning Outcomes:

      • Describe the various forms of PLA and utilize the steps, tools and procedures in the PLA process;
      • Illustrate and apply the CAEL principles of best practice in PLA;
      • Articulate the roles and responsibilities of those involved in the PLA process;
      • Determine decision points for effective PLA implementation;
      • Identify strategies for gaining buy-in from faculty, administrators, & students; and
      • Distinguish options for PLA-related organizational structures and action plans.

      Target Audience: PLA owners (Coordinators/ Administrators/degree planners), University Administration, Registrars, Faculty Members who advise course scheduling/ degree plans


      Pre-Conference Presenter:
      8:00 AM  -  5:00 PM
      PLA and the Military-Connected Student: Assessing Military Prior Learning for Academic Credit

      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.

      Learning Outcomes:

      • Describe the key characteristics & cultural traits/strengths of a military connected student
      • Identify the barriers that impact military-connected students
      • Define PLA  and what college-level learning entails
      • Determine appropriate methods of PLA
      • Evaluate case studies and apply the 10 Standards for Assessing Learning & Assuring Quality
      • Discuss specific military-connected student support needs beyond PLA
      • Design specific action plans for what comes next for each institution

      Target Audience: PLA owners (Coordinators/Administrators/degree planners), Advisors and/or Faculty Members who advise course scheduling/degree plans and work with military-connected students/student veterans


      Pre-Conference Presenter:

    • General Program
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      Tuesday, November 5, 2019

      7:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
      Pre-Conference Registration
      8:00 AM  -  5:00 PM
      Pre-conference Workshops
      10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
      Morning Coffee Break
      12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM
      Luncheon
      3:00 PM  -  7:00 PM
      Registration for CAEL Conference
      3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Afternoon Coffee Break
       

      Wednesday, November 6, 2019

      7:00 AM  -  5:00 PM
      CAEL Conference Registration Re-opens
      7:30 AM  -  9:00 AM
      Continental Breakfast
      8:00 AM  -  5:00 PM
      NACTEL Committee Meeting
      Invitation Only
      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.
      9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Welcome Address and Keynote featuring Michael Sorrell

      Transforming Higher Education

      In 2007, Paul Quinn College was a failing historically black college on a path to shut his doors within 18 months. In 2011, PQC was named the HBCU of the Year. By 2018, PQC had been transformed into one of the most innovative colleges in America with its president, Michael Sorrell, on Fortune’s list of the world’s greatest leaders. In this dynamic keynote that builds upon his breakout SXSW EDU appearance, Sorrell tells the story of PQC, where 90% of students have grown up in poverty. Sharing how values-driven leadership transformed the school from a college to a "We Over Me" movement that pioneered the Urban Work College model, he tells the inspiring story of a college that dared to be great — and reinvented itself with a focus on academic rigor, experiential learning and entrepreneurship. He also provides valuable insights for any organization looking to embark on transformation.

      10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
      Coffee Break
      11:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
      Workshop/Learning Lab Series #1
      12:30 PM  -  2:00 PM
      Luncheon, Award & Keynote featuring Van Ton-Quinlivan
      Signals of the Future of Work
      Presenters:
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      Award Winners:
      2:25 PM  -  3:15 PM
      Workshop/Learning Lab Series #2
      3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Accelerated Programs Community Gathering: All Welcome!
      Are you a former member of the Council for Accelerated Programs (CAP)? Or, are you interested in learning more about Accelerated Programs or alternative delivery formats? Would you like to be involved in CAEL’s Accelerated Learning Community of Practice? We will be collaborating, communicating, and sharing information and best practices in the field of Accelerated Learning. Stop by with your ice cream and connect with like-minded professionals to learn what CAEL has in store for this important Community of Practice.
      Leader:
      3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Ice Cream Social & Knowledge Exchange Hub open
      Join us in the Knowledge Exchange Hub to pick up a sweet treat and learn from our Research Stories presenters. 
      4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      Workshop/Learning Lab Series #3
      5:15 PM  -  6:15 PM
      Welcome Reception
      Grab a drink and some appetizers while you mingle with exhibitors and fellow attendees in the Knowledge Exchange Hub.
      6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM
      Film Screening: Rerouting
      It’s never too late to make a change for the better.

      Meet three roadtrippers at a crossroads: Dana, a grandmother who’s worried the workforce has passed her by; Jeremy, a military veteran who’s eyeing a new career path; and Bernita, a mother of two who feels boxed in by her lack of a degree. They’ve all lived a lifetime’s worth of experiences—and now they’re ready for what’s next.

      Follow their eye-opening road trip across America as they explore communities keeping ahead of the curve through alternative forms of education and training, and talk to people who are navigating life’s turns with tenacity—and without traditional four-year degrees. Although no one knows exactly what the future of work will look like, it’s clear that it will always hold opportunities for all—and it doesn’t have to leave anyone behind.
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      Thursday, November 7, 2019

      7:00 AM  -  5:00 PM
      CAEL Conference Registration Re-opens
      7:30 AM  -  9:00 AM
      Continental Breakfast and Knowledge Exchange Hub open
      7:30 AM  -  11:15 AM
      Knowledge Exchange Hub Open
      7:30 AM  -  8:30 AM
      Sneak Peek at the Road Ahead for CAEL's Products and Services

      Would you like to get more involved with your CAEL membership by helping to inform our product suite?

      The Product Lab needs your voice and expertise in designing courses, content, enhancements, toolkits, and more. We want to ensure that our solutions meet your needs, solve your pain-points and support your work with adult learners. Join us for an overview of our 2020 Product Roadmap and see what we have in store for PLA Accelerator, AL360, Work Learn Earn, Advising, and Professional Development.  Help us brainstorm, design and prototype.   

      During this session we will:

      -   Introduce you to CAEL’s products
      -   Review the 2020 Product Roadmap
      -   Collaborate around some enhancements and design ideas
      -   Discuss additional opportunities to share your expertise

      8:00 AM  -  5:00 PM
      EPCE Committee Meeting
      Invitation Only
      8:30 AM  -  9:30 AM
      Closing the Gap: An employer’s approach to what’s working
      Learn how companies in various sectors are effectively addressing their workforce challenges by investing in innovative programs to recruit, retain and build a robust talent pipeline. Join Marie Cini, President, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), for an in-depth panel discussion with McDonald’s Corporation, Rush University Medical Center, Aon and Microsoft that will highlight best practices for engaging current and future employees. The panel will examine successful apprenticeship models, next-generation career exploration tools, expanded tuition assistance programs, and other forward-looking upskilling initiatives.
      Moderator:
      9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Minnesota Meet Up
      Meet your Minnesota colleagues to share all the great CPL activity taking place across the state. 
      10:00 AM  -  10:50 AM
      Ed Talks
      Join us for a series of impactful rapid fire presentations, sure to teach you a great deal in a brief timeframe.
      10:45 AM  -  11:15 AM
      Coffee Break and Knowledge Exchange Hub open
      10:45 AM  -  11:15 AM
      Latino Adult Student Success Academy Partners
      Are you currently participating in CAEL's Latino Adult Student Success Academy? Are you interested in learning about how CAEL is partnering with institutions to better understand and serve their Latino Adult student populations?  Please grab your coffee and come on over to the Knowledge Hub, located in the Exhibit Hall, to say hello. This meet n' greet session will provide an opportunity for currently participating institutions to meet with your colleagues from other participating schools, chat about how your grant action plans are progressing,  and/or connect with those who are also interested in serving this important and evolving group of students at their institutions.  
      11:15 AM  -  12:05 PM
      Workshop/Learning Lab Series #4
      12:30 PM  -  2:00 PM
      Luncheon, Award and Keynote featuring Janet Salm

      Jobs to Be Done: Insights from Adult Learners

      Technology’s transformation of nearly every facet of our economy means that we all must develop new skills and knowledge at a pace—and on a scale—never before seen. Our ability to thrive and remain economically relevant hinges on our willingness to embrace a continuous cycle of upskilling and lifelong learning. Strada Institute for the Future of Work has applied the “Jobs To Be Done” methodology,, to conduct deep interviews with adult learners who choose non-traditional non-degree programs. By better understanding the progress that adult learners are seeking to make in their lives, and the complexity of the motivations driving them, we can design precision education and supports for our growing number of adult learners.. Janet Salm, managing director of research for Strada Institute, will share insights and stories from the research to illuminate how we begin to design a new learning ecosystem for the future of work.

      Keynote Speaker:
      Speakers:
      Presenter:
      Accepting for Betty Vandenbosch:
      2:15 PM  -  5:00 PM
      Deep Dive: Tools and Resources for Assessing Prior Learning
      The Competency-Based Recognition of Learning Collaborative is a group of experts that developed resources for institutional implementation strategies (e.g., prior learning assessment) for recognizing learning acquired by adults. This workshop dives into the tools and resources, providing participants hands-on experiences to determine where their institution is, next steps that they can take, and resources that can best help them move forward. Participants work on strategies for their program.
      2:25 PM  -  3:15 PM
      Workshop/Learning Lab Series #5
      3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Product Lab Feedback and Partnership
      Would you like to get more involved with your CAEL membership by helping inform our product suite?  We are looking for members who are interested in collaborating with us in 2020.  The Product Lab needs your voice and expertise in designing courses, content, enhancements, toolkits, and more.  Please stop by to chat with our team. 
      3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Wellness Break & Knowledge Exchange Hub open
      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      Roundtables
      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      Workshop/Learning Lab Series #6
      6:00 PM  -  10:00 PM
      Free night in Chicago
       

      Friday, November 8, 2019

      7:30 AM  -  10:15 AM
      CAEL Conference Registration Re-opens
      7:30 AM  -  8:30 AM
      Electric Power Technology Curriculum Council
      8:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      EPCE Meeting
      8:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
      Breakfast and Keynote featuring Seth Harris

      The Stackability Conundrum

      For decades, the idea of stackability has been central to the United States’ approach to supporting adult learners. The idea is simple: after high school (or college), people use income from their first job to fund higher levels of training or credential attainment. As they learn new skills, they move up the career ladder – either continuing into more senior-level roles, or moving “horizontally” into an entirely new job. Over the course of their career, they continue to learn, getting as many credentials as they need to continue advancing.

      But that’s not how it works in practice. Learning while working is expensive. The landscape of providers is complex. Career pathways are hard to navigate, and there’s little guidance – or skin in the game – from the employers themselves to encourage learning in the workplace. Where has our approach to adult learning gone wrong – and what can employers, policymakers, and education providers do about it?

      Keynote Speaker:
      Honoree:
      10:25 AM  -  11:15 AM
      Workshop/Learning Lab Series #7
      11:25 AM  -  12:10 PM
      Closing Rally
      12:00 PM 
      2019 Conference Adjourns

    • EdTalks
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      Thursday, November 7, 2019

      10:00 AM  -  10:50 AM
      Creating an Educational Ecosystem at Your Institution
      With all of the disruption happening in higher education, colleges and universities have the opportunity to think beyond their traditional educational offerings to explore new ways of providing education and training. Hear how one private university in Los Angeles is moving toward an educational ecosystem with multiple points of entry and ways to move learners throughout different experiences throughout their lifetime of learning.
      Presenter:
      10:00 AM  -  10:50 AM
      Medical Coder Academy Training Pilot Study
      A pilot study involving medical coders was designed to investigate the application of experiential-based learning with this healthcare staff adult learner population that rarely has opportunity to partake in such training. This pilot study focused on procedural regions of the brain and spinal cord. This training was led by our Center for Experiential and Applied Learning (CEAL) anatomy and simulation teams. There was a statistically significant (p<0.05) increase in confidence at post-test.
      Presenters:
      10:00 AM  -  10:50 AM
      Project Management Externships: Creating Access to Sustaintable Employment for U.S. Workers
      This strategy provides a blueprint to solve national workforce challenges through the attainment of Project Management credentials (CAPM and PMP). The goal is to get 3 key populations employed sooner and long-term:-Dislocated workers (long-term unemployed)-Veterans-Incumbents (currently employed)
      Presenter:
      10:00 AM  -  10:50 AM
      Roaring to the Finish: A Degree Completion Effort
      This presentation will discuss the development, execution and on-going efforts of a completer program at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), a private institution. There are many public institutions with 'completer' programs but RIT is one of the first large private institutions to enter this arena, providing a new unchartered set of obstacles. In its 3rd year of operations, the completer project will share their outreach strategy, challenges, successes, failures and future goals.
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      10:00 AM  -  10:50 AM
      Why digital marketplaces are the future for learner recruitment and what we should expect
      Digital marketplaces could enable all types of learners and colleges to connect at the most meaningful and individual levels. Netflix, Carfax, eBay, Match.com, to name a few, have transformed whole swaths of the economy. They've altered how organizations operate in their sectors and how customers consume services, as well as their expectations. If this is the future of student recruitment what would this look like in our sector and how can institutions best prepare.
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    • Learning Labs
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      Wednesday, November 6, 2019

      11:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
      Assessment Byproducts: Exploring Rich Data Uses for PLA
      Assessment of student learning is essential work in higher education (Astin et al., 1996; Ewell, 2009; Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, 2015; Kuh et al., 2015; Suskie, 2014). Assessment’s importance and relevance is only increasing as more internal and external demands for quality and transparency are exerted on institutions (Ebersole, 2014; Fischer, 2019; Kuh et al., 2015; Metzler & Kurz, 2018). Institutions have an opportunity to leverage PLA for the data it provides on student learning in relation to general education outcomes, course learning outcomes, and even program learning outcomes if going towards major credit. Data analysis of current PLA programs and the positive outcomes related to usage of PLA programs can be used for curricular improvement, as well as to energize students to consider using PLA programs. In an effort to best understand the gamut of data as it relates to PLA programs and our students, we have developed and implemented assessment processes for the following PLA opportunities; credit by portfolio, credit by examination and credit by licenses/certifications. Our assessment processes (e.g., aligning PLA with learning outcomes, designing and aligning rubrics) include the involvement of our faculty and our academic advisors. Our data analysis provides student learning outcome data and recognition of prior learning, as well as demographic information which can be used for marketing and outreach purposes. This session will showcase how NLU staff are leveraging PLA data for assessment of student learning and operational efficacy. The presentation will overview types of PLA at NLU and their relationship to the institution’s outcome framework, review the assessment plan developed for the PLA area, and share preliminary results and implications for faculty, staff, and students. Participants will have ample opportunity for Q&A, as well as be led through an activity to determine how assessment and PLA data could be leveraged at their institution.
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      11:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
      Dallas County Parent Promise: A Promise to an Accessible and Equitable Education
      What do you get when an entire city comes together to solve the skills and access gap? Dallas County Promise extends beyond the realm to bridge student experiences, employers, and education. 'A well-educated workforce is necessary for Texas to remain competitive in a fast-changing world. We are committed to helping Dallas become the first American city to solve the workforce talent gap by helping ALL students complete college with the skills necessary to succeed in the North Texas job market.
      2:25 PM  -  3:15 PM
      Strategies for incorporating life and career planning into curricula and student support systems
      A recent outcome of CAEL and Excelencia in Education’s joint initiative to support Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and their Latinx student populations, was a report developed by a team of subject matter experts in the area of career-relevance in curricula and life skills planning. This report provides best practices and clear recommendations to institutions on how to strengthen their curricula offerings and student support systems. Presented by CAEL’s team of experts, participants will be introduced to the framework and strategies for institutional acculturation of holistic career and life relevance for first generation and other non-traditional adult learner. Participants will be provided access to an electronic version of the report which includes a framework for change, a glossary of terms, a list of relevant resources, and identified best practices and recommendations.
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      Thursday, November 7, 2019

      11:15 AM  -  12:05 PM
      Indy Achieves: Developing a Program to Improve Postsecondary Access
      To respond to the skills gap in Indianapolis, Mayor Joe Hogsett created Indy Achieves to help ALL residents pursue and complete a postsecondary education. This presentation will showcase the elements of this design, including: building a qualified taskforce; conducting research and analysis of best practices around the country; the importance of teaming up with postsecondary institutions and local employers; and programming you can build to benefit traditional students and adult learners.
      11:15 AM  -  12:05 PM
      Strategies for Rapid Design: How to Analyze and Improve Your PLA Offerings
      Efforts to develop and implement improvements to your Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) offerings - or to implement PLA for the first time - may struggle to take off because the amount of time and resources required can seem overwhelming. But it doesn't have to be that way! This session will highlight tried and tested strategies for rapid design that have helped University of Phoenix quickly analyze our current state and identify solutions as we work to improve our PLA offerings.
      2:25 PM  -  3:15 PM
      More Than Just Basket-Weaving: The Challenge of Marketing Adult Ed to Colleagues, Administrators
      Anyone working with adult learners has encountered the challenge of explaining what we do to those outside the field: 'Yes, we maintain academic rigor.' 'No, we don?t take short-cuts.' When others have never heard of andragogy, it can be difficult to have a voice at the table, let alone appeal for funding or structural changes. In this session, we will discuss key strategies for marketing an adult ed program internally -- whether to an audience of one or an auditorium of thousands.
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      2:25 PM  -  3:15 PM
      Optimizing the Student Journey for Lifetime Learners: A Conversation
      Educators working in higher education today know that there is no typical student. Students
      come to higher education with varying levels of preparation, and in pursuit of a wide range of
      goals. For adult learners, the stakes of education — professional development, greater
      economic opportunity, setting an example for future generations — are higher than for
      traditional students,however both traditional and adult students are faced with obstacles. While
      the pressures and demands of finances, family, and work can get in the way of a student’s
      success, so can institutions themselves. Difficulty in accessing institutional resources, lack of
      clarity around registration procedures, and admissions requirements geared to one type of
      student are just some of the obstacles that today’s students face. Institutions must adapt their
      programs, services and processes to provide the type of support that helps all students
      succeed. The University of Washington’s Continuum College has optimized the entire student
      journey for adult learners, resulting in a career-focused approach that has increased
      enrollment. Northeastern University has implemented a holistic coaching program for
      prospective students that has helped the institution attract, yield, and retain students. In this
      session, participants will hear two unique stories from institutions located miles apart that have
      transformed their services to support the students of today, who are lifelong learners of
      tomorrow.
       

      Friday, November 8, 2019

      10:25 AM  -  11:15 AM
      Developing Industry to College Competency Crosswalks

      As we continue to shape our understanding of 'College Level Learning' we need to develop a standard Crosswalk method that reviews Industry Certifications and Training that may be use as Credit Bearing Courses. In this Workshop, participants will learn:

      1. How do look for high-end Industry Certifications and Training

      2. How an Industry Certs and Training are reviewed for quality

      3. How to determine potential college courses to create mappings

      4. Examples of standardized Crosswalks

      Presenters:
      10:25 AM  -  11:15 AM
      What did you say? Providing quality feedback to students in the digital age.
      Educators have always recognized the value of providing effective feedback in moving students toward educational growth and enhanced performance; however, in today?s digital age, feedback can take on an entirely new form and function. This presentation will examine feedback from a contemporary perspective, offer strategies in giving constructive and engaging feedback, and provide tips and online tools for educators.
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    • Research Stories
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      Wednesday, November 6, 2019

      3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Adult Marketing 101
      Having worked at two large community colleges in a role to market certificate and degree programs to prospective adult students in two very different cities, the commonalities in what adult students are searching for have been very similar. Come learn what these commonalities are, and how to collaborate with community agencies and employers to create effective adult programming. Learn about how we implemented a forgiveness program (Return to Complete) and invited adult students to return to college.
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      3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Moving a Traditional Institution toward Adult Learners through PLA Portfolio and Stacked Credential
      Do you work for a traditional institution that is making the shift toward adult learners? Are you wondering what other institutions do to make that transition? In this presentation, hear from two representatives from Biola University, a private university in Los Angeles, California, as they share their experiences and key learnings from creating new adult learner pathways through the introduction of a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Portfolio process and a system of stackable credentials.
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      3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
      PLA with a Purpose: Advancing Student Success through Innovative Workforce Initiatives
      PLA is a powerful outreach strategy for strengthening the credentials of our workforce. During a time of limited resources, the growth in adult education continues. As a result, colleges have increasing pressure to lower costs and improve graduation rates. Central Maine Community College has partnered with businesses to deliver workforce training in innovative ways while helping the state economy and providing students with flexible pathways and bright futures - all with no student loan debt!
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      Thursday, November 7, 2019

      3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Measuring the Impact of Alternative Credentials for Nontraditional Students
      Approximately half of all jobs today are middle-skills occupations that require training beyond high school, but need less than a bachelor?s degree. There is more to higher education than degree programs, and we must provide choices for our students and educate them on the various options available to them. Certificate programs, which are typically short-term learning opportunities, can be good alternatives to traditional degree programs and offer students pathways to a career.
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      3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Prior Learning Assessment Scholarship Program: Five Years of Successfully Supporting Adult Learners
      In 2014-15, Charter Oak State College conducted a pilot project to provide scholarships for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) to increase awareness and overcome barriers created by the lack of financial aid available for PLA. Student participation was tracked and the participants were surveyed. We implemented the lessons learned and have sustained the PLA scholarship through the College Foundation, providing financial support for more than 100 students to pursue PLA.
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    • Roundtable Discussions
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      Thursday, November 7, 2019

      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      "I Know More Than I Thought I Did"
      This deep-dive workshop delves into the disorientation and transformational potential of students who are constructing a new sense of Self in the PLA process. Through a workshop method that incorporates narrative and art-based methods, such as narrative, clay play, and collage, participants will explore the power of empathy as facilitators, acknowledging risk as a core element of transformation of both student and facilitator.
      Roundtable Facilitator:
      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      A Competency-Based Executive Master of Public Administration-Done Right
      Academic credit for work-life experience has been granted by higher education for decades. Sometimes called “experiential learning” or “prior learning assessment” or “direct assessment” they all endeavor to discern the level of academic learning which has taken place outside the academic institution. More abstractly, it was called out by Aristotle in the Nichomachean Ethics as "for the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them” (Book 2, Ross translation (1908).
      Roundtable Facilitator:
      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      A Responsive Framework for Serving Adult Learners
      The number of adult learners is increasing every year. The need for the worlds of academic and student affairs to come together to serve this growing population is critical. This presentation explores tensions that exist between student affairs and academic affairs as it relates to the recruitment and retention of adult learners. A series of key high impact policies and practices will be presented that are critical to improving the recruitment and retention of adult learners.
      Roundtable Facilitators:
      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      A systems approach to serving non-traditional adults in higher education
      California is home to more than 6.8 million people age 25-54 with at least a high school diploma but no degree, more than half of whom are people of color. Helping these adults access and complete certificates and degrees will pay significant economic and equity dividends but requires effort beyond one higher education system or community partner. Learn how partners in California are coordinating efforts to equitably advance attainment system-wide, regionally, and with policy-advocacy research.
      Roundtable Facilitators:
      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      Accelerated Learning in 2019: How Technology has changed the Learning Landscape
      This interactive workshop will explore the increased use of technology in the classroom to further advance learning opportunities for adult and accelerated students. Considerations related to teaching style and effectiveness in face to face and online learning environments will be discussed in addition to changing expectations of students for more interactive and dynamic learning experiences.
      Roundtable Facilitators:
      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      After the hype dies down: Continuing momentum in your PLA Program
      Learn where the Community College of Baltimore County is now, 3 years after the Right Signals Grant skyrocketed their PLA program into the 21st century. We will cover the successes and hurtles that faced the college post grant, and how we aimed to maneuver through them all the while striving to keep momentum going to support our adult learners. Items of discussion will be ongoing professional development to keep our community abreast of new policies and issues surround PLA, aligning PLA objectiv
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      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      Bridge Course from Noncredit to Credit
      Learn how to structure a course that gives students practice being a successful college student, specifically as it relates to noncredit students transitioning into credit classes. Presenter will demonstrate how the course works along with its benefits and successes. Attendees will have opportunities to discuss and brainstorm ways for the materials to be adapted to fit their program(s) and student population.
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      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      CBE-101
      We are at an interesting point in higher education, with increasing and widespread concerns related to a myriad of challenges and issues; as well as a host of innovations to address these problems. Innovations such as Competency Based Education (CBE) are driving higher education institutions to rethink how we might shape the future. However, many questions linger in relation to this modality and how IHE?s should implement a CBE program. CBE 101 is designed to help define CBE and explain how to b
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      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      Creating Accelerated Master's Programs for Adult Learners
      Adult Learners typically work full-time while they are in school. Balancing work responsibility with school often makes students choose to go part-time and thus take over 2 years to complete their degree. By combining similar or complementary learning objectives into one 6-credit block class, students can go to school full-time while balancing a full-time job. This roundtable will discuss the presenter's experience converting a traditional 3-credit masters to a 6-credit block program in Adult Ed
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      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      Credentials to Credits for Adult Learners: A System Approach to Faculty Reviews and Crosswalks
      Join us in this interactive workshop to explore a system-wide model for faculty reviews of certificates and other ?micro-credentials? for potential award of college-level transfer credit, under development in the Minnesota State system of 37 colleges and universities. Participants will engage case examples about evaluating ?micro-credentials? as well as discuss challenges and opportunities in implementing a consistent and quality review model that aims to be applied across system institution.
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      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      Developing an expanded credential credit opportunity
      Developing an expanded credential credit opportunityCapella has a program that allows learners to earn credit based on industry credentials. Until 2019, the credentials were chosen by staff and faculty. In 2019, Capella offered an option for learners to submit their own credentials to be reviewed. This session will describe the process of developing the new offering, as well as the challenges that occurred. A particular challenge was to manage faculty workload and schedules. In addition, commu
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      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      Fine Tuning the Funnel:The Role of the Student Advocate
      Adult students pursing online education are well known for shopping around to find the school that best meets their needs. The University of Memphis' online component, UofM Global, has invested in Global Student Advocates to focus on these inquiries to guide them to become applicants and then enrollees. Learn about their strategy for improving university communication to focus on information pertinent to adults learning online, advertising PLA options, and assessing transfer credit preadmission.
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      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      If you offer it, will they enroll?
      After two decades of offering a successful accelerated bachelor's degree completion program, the School of Adult and Professional Studies at Union University was charged to construct a long-range strategy. By using data-driven decisions, the School launched a new accelerated associate degree. Authors of the new program will share their strategies from creation to implementation including planning the curriculum, securing faculty buy-in, and promoting in a highly competitive market.
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      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      Innovative Education for Working Adults
      This presentation will showcase Purdue University Global's experiential learning portfolio development and assessment process, including resources to promote prior learning assessment, the onboarding and training of credentialed subject matter faculty evaluators, and the proprietary technologies used to assess portfolios at scale. Additionally, a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) case study of professional firefighters will be examined.
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      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      Mentoring First Generation Students: How Prior Learning Assessments Transcend Testing
      For first-generation students, college success has been improved by using Prior Learning Assessments (PLA). However, after admission, many from this cohort struggle to fit in and would benefit from mentoring. What few people know is that the partnership processes can work hand in hand to achieve student success. By combining PLA with mentoring, The University of Texas at Dallas has forged a partnership that produces a continual chain of first generation scholars.
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      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      Mississippi Adult Learner Initiatives
      The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning and the Mississippi Community College Board have created programs to empower adults to finish their degrees. In this session, you'll hear of programs like SkillUp, MiBest, Complete 2 Compete, and equating military learning as college credits. Program structure, policy development, and successes related to the state's adult learner re-engagement initiatives will be discussed. Come learn how together, MS is making a difference.
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      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      PLA Programmatic Capacity Building and Sustainability: Building the Action Plan
      An interactive session on PLA capacity building and program sustainability will assist institutions in developing viable action plans to use on their campuses. Case examples and cross-institutional dialogue will result in innovative solutions to complex problems. Solutions will address infrastructure building, faculty engagement, student outreach and advising, policy development and effective practice, as well as offer ideas for strategic advocacy.
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      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      Prior Learning Assessment Network
      Is your institution working on a PLA initiative? Does your PLA policy and practice need refreshing? Are you looking for a support group of PLA administrators, faculty, and staff that are in the trenches managing programs at institutions all over the United States? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, please join us for a Roundtable Discussion session designed to introduce the Prior Learning Assessment Network (PLAN) to all that strive to promote 'Best Practices' in PLA.
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      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      Quality Assurance Roadmap - Now a System Initiative
      Join us as we review the roadmap for implementing Quality Assurance within the A&M System member institutions. With the explosive growth of online programs and courses it is more critical than ever to ensure the quality and rigor of online courses. In this session, participants will learn about the Quality Assurance initiative happening at the A&M System level from concept to implementation and current status.
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      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      Strategies for Engaging Adult and Professional Students Online
      What are some of the unique needs of adult students online? What policies can we establish to help encourage persistence? How can we ensure that adult students have an engaging experience? In this informal discussion, we will share course development and teaching strategies used by instructional designers and instructors to meet the needs of adult and professional students online.
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      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      Taking Non-Credit to Credit? How Two Schools Work Together to Make it Happen
      In this session, attendees will learn how two Wisconsin technical colleges partnered to create shared credit for prior learning assessments and align non-credit offerings to credit-level program courses. The presenters from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and Southwest Wisconsin Technical College will share how the two schools approached this task to meet the needs of businesses in their areas and what important lessons were learned.
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      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      Telling Your Story
      PLA is about telling stories. It is most often about encouraging our students to tell their stories, but what about our stories as those who are involved in the PLA process. What are we learning? What questions are emerging for us? What do we think we need to learn? What reflection and research do we have to do about the processes and outcomes of our PLA work? In this roundtable, we hope to engage colleagues in a discussion of these important questions and concerns.
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      Wednesday, November 6, 2019

      11:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
      Career Services Curriculum Integration, Purdue University Global
      In 2015, the Career Services department at Purdue Global began working on an initiative to integrate Career Services-related content into the curriculum. Our goal was to create at least three touch-points for each academic program in which our department would present career and job search-related information; once at the beginning of the program, once in the middle, and once near the end. Through collaboration with curriculum and academic partners, we were able to go live in 2016.
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      11:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
      Informatics Pathway from AAS to BAS STEM Degree for Underserved Population in South Yuma County, AZ
      HSI STEM INSTINCT2 is a seamless guided pathway from an AAS degree at Arizona Western College to a BAS STEM degree from the University of Arizona, including stackable certifications. The focus population of Hispanic, low-income, first generation students is provided with embedded support systems. This session will describe this pathway, and state the importance of offering this program to a geographically isolated population.
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      11:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
      Intrusive Advising for Military-Connected Students
      Some military veterans experience challenges that make academic success difficult. University of Michigan-Flint?s VBSN program has developed a strategy for assisting veteran students that includes an intrusive advising approach that addresses some students? lack of initiative in seeking guidance to resolve their academic concerns. This approach includes seeking input from faculty to monitor student progress and to determine what supports might be of the most benefit.
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      11:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
      The Importance of Triangulation in Assessment: Tell the Whole Story
      Assessment of Student and Program Outcomes are required by most accrediting bodies. Most colleges and universities have an assessment process in place that they use to evaluate outcomes. Most assessment experts use direct assessment as the preferred method to measure outcomes. While direct assessment is the gold standard, direct assessment does not tell the entire story of student and program outcomes, therefore data triangulation should be implemented.
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      11:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
      The Insiders Guide to Implementing an Effective Returning Adult Initiative
      There is an emerging national movement toward recruiting, retaining, and graduating more adults with some college and no degree. Alongside Complete College America, the presenters have implemented A Better Deal for Returning Adults. This effort incorporates proven student success strategies including providing a redesigned system that offers accelerated courses, year-round enrollment, predictable schedules, and prior learning assessment that acknowledges and honors working adult learners.
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      2:25 PM  -  3:15 PM
      Emotional Intelligence: The Conduit Connecting Adult Education to Workforce
      Adult learners overcome many barriers by successfully achieving their goals through the education they obtain from quality programs and expert educators. They engage with community resources for connections to the workforce. Soft skills have been a recognized area of support and most recently Emotional Intelligence is recognized as that spark to light their pathway to a career.
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      2:25 PM  -  3:15 PM
      Identifying Powerful Career Pathways for Adult Learners
      In this session, Monroe Community College will share an innovative labor linked program model tracking graduates and non-completers 5 + years after graduation to better understand where career technical graduates have been hired and how they have performed within their chosen career pathway. Participants will learn how this data driven approach allows for better modularization of credit and non-credit curricula creating a more market driven and stackable career pathway for adult learners.
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      2:25 PM  -  3:15 PM
      Keys to Transformation: Opening Pathways to Adult Degree Completion
      Today's workforce includes millions of adults who started college and left with no credential. Inviting students back to finish what they started without fundamentally changing the student experience does not work. Discover the lessons learned from both the University of Memphis and Complete Florida's early Welcome Back campaigns that resulted in a variety of best practices for degree completion that focus on accelerated and low-cost alternatives while maintaining academic quality.
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      2:25 PM  -  3:15 PM
      Mobilizing Industry Champions to Advance Learning
      Employer engagement is a crucial element in adult learning strategies that lead to payoff in the labor market. In Ohio, the manufacturing industry has mobilized a network of industry champions who are committed to changing the way businesses support education and training providers. In this workshop, participants will learn how to identify potential champions, develop their interest in and commitment to career pathways and adult learning, and motivate them to recruit their peers.
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      2:25 PM  -  3:15 PM
      The Virtual Veteran: Using Free Online Tools to Support Vets in Transition
      The Columbia Center for Veteran Transition and Integration (CVTI) is committed to building tools that help active duty service members, veterans, and military-connected students succeed at crucial moments of transition. This session will introduce participants to three free online resources that help veterans (1) navigate the college admissions process, (2) maximize academic success in the college classroom, and (3) identify and secure meaningful and fulfilling careers after service or school.
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      2:25 PM  -  3:15 PM
      When Standardized Testing is Not Standard: Mitigating Chaos in CLEP Policy
      Faculty drive the design process of CLEP exams, yet many traditional faculty are skeptical of their value. A review of CLEP policy at 26 universities demonstrates that there is significant inconsistency in accepted scores and credit hours awarded. Moreover, most universities require higher scores than ACE recommends. This workshop explores advocacy strategies for aligning CLEP policy with ACE recommendations.
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      4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      Building Demand for Adult Programs

      Research has documented the barriers (emotional, psychological, programmatic, and lifestyle) to enrollment and most institutions have moved to address those barriers. But how do we communicate those changes to our intended audiences? How do we build an adult learner centered brand without sounding condescending or inauthentic? How do we set ourselves apart from competing organizations? In this interactive workshop, we’ll look a how your program can use the techniques and practice of demand generation marketing to:

      • Create awareness
      • Generate interest
      • Improve conversions
      • And improve marketing efficiencies

       We’ll look at identifying your targets, building personae, conducting outreach through digital media, creating content, nurturing leads through their enrollment journeys, and implementing a process of continual optimization and improvement.

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      4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      Developing a Next Generation Approach to Assessing and Comparing Learners Experiences
      Adult learners arrive at your institutions with a wealth of prior learning, from credits taken at other institutions, credentials, experiences, knowledge, et cetera. Many institutions, and learners, with the ability to collect, share, authenticate and compare prior experiences with the academic pathway at the incoming institution. A collaborative discussion has arisen that is seeking to determine tools and open infrastructure that may overcome these challenges. Learn how CAEL, DXtera, their members and a national effort of collaborators are leading a movement towards an environment that better supports adult learners and their transitions from one institution to the next. Attendees of this Next-Gen session will be encouraged to participate in the collective discussion and development of a shared solution to move us forward in our efforts to serve our adult learners with the exchange of the authorized exchange of educational data in real-time between different entities.
      DXtera is a growing nonprofit, member-based consortium of higher education professionals collaborating to remove technology barriers so that institution leaders, faculty, staff, and students have more complete, real-time information for transforming student outcomes.
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      4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      Work Learn Earn: Innovative Collaboration to Grow Communities & Careers
      An interactive workshop, highlighting work within regions across the country to develop solutions that bring together education providers, employers, and economic development agencies to offer holistic resources that connect job seekers, students, educational programs, and career pathways within fast-growing industries. Preview Work Learn Earn, share, and learn from your peers.
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      Thursday, November 7, 2019

      11:15 AM  -  12:05 PM
      Creating Pathways for Veterans: Working Together to Provide Meaningful Education & Career Opportunin
      Strategic collaboration and the aligning of organizational strengths is crucial to maintaining a sustainable veteran-service ecosphere. This session will provide institutions of higher education with high-level strategies on how to work with employers, government agencies, and Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) to advance education and employment initiatives for today's veterans. Dr. Amy Morys will also discuss how higher education can leverage military learning to advance the academic progress of student veterans and act as a pivot-point, connecting credentialed and qualified veterans to VSOs and employers.
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      11:15 AM  -  12:05 PM
      Economic Opportunities of Middle-Skill Work
      For decades, middle-skill work offered strong economic opportunities without requiring a four-year college degree. But it's hard for many middle-skill workers to get ahead today. JFF and Burning Glass developed a new way of classifying and comparing the advancement potential of middle skill work. In this workshop, participants will learn how to use a new opportunity framework and career outcomes data to increase economic advancement for low-income workers.
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      11:15 AM  -  12:05 PM
      Meaningful Marketing: Personalizing PLA Outreach
      Adult learners are often self-directed, results-oriented and practical in their approach to their education. Prior Learning Assessment programs (PLA) provide adult learners with such options supporting their unique approach to learning. Unfortunately, PLA programs may not be top of mind for prospective or transfer students who are worried about finding the best degree program and reducing time to degree in order to achieve their academic goals.
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      11:15 AM  -  12:05 PM
      The Stages of LiFE: The Process of Designing a Competency-Based Online Education Program
      Can universities collaborate with Fortune 500 corporations to provide employees the benefit of higher education while meeting a diverse group of learners needs, allowing learners to go at their own pace, and keeping learners engaged in the learning process One university and corporation recognized the potential for doing so and, as such, were inspired to make certain no matter employees past experiences, they were able to take steps toward successfully earning a degree.
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      11:15 AM  -  12:05 PM
      What does Student Readiness look like for the adult learner? Best Practices and Case Studies
      Are today’s adult students ready for college? Recent reports indicate challenges for both the adult student and for the higher education institution. What can we do to reduce the major challenges?
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      2:25 PM  -  3:15 PM
      Bridging the Gap between Higher Education and Employers: Developing Curriculum Pathways
      What does a higher education credential represent? Employers report that it is the responsibility of higher education institutions to prepare graduates for the workforce, yet research supports the lack of preparedness of graduates for employment, especially in the area of soft-skill development. Though the intentional design of the course and program outcomes, this workshop will assist in the development of graduate soft-skill attainment through employer collaboration.
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      2:25 PM  -  3:15 PM
      Building a Statewide Policy for Local Success
      In this session, participants will learn about a collaborative and adaptive process used in California to develop a statewide credit for prior learning (CPL) policy for California community colleges. They will hear how a cross-role, cross-segment working group informed policy recommendations by systematically considering the potential costs and benefits of CPL for all stakeholders, including students, colleges, and the state; the resources required for implementation; lessons from other states.
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      2:25 PM  -  3:15 PM
      Designing Pathways to Careers
      Instructional design is increasingly important and that relevant career resources for prospective and advancing instructional designers are too scarce. We leveraged Canvas & Catalog to provide defined career development pathways for professionals in instructional design and instructional technology with open, competency-based, self-paced learner to content interaction coupled with direct feedback via optional portfolio review which is a real pathway to careers (including careers w/ iDesign).
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      2:25 PM  -  3:15 PM
      Faculty collaboration and exchange programs in professional military education (PME) and training
      The recently established Army University (ArmyU) is tasked to develop world-class faculty and partnerships with civilian institutions of adult, occupational, and continuing education. While several schools within the Army learning enterprise have established collaborative partnerships with local community colleges, universities, and/or technical institutes, ArmyU has not produced enterprise-wide guidance for such partnerships that foster academic prestige and reputation.
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      2:25 PM  -  3:15 PM
      How to Build Relationships with Employers to Reach Adult Enrollment Goals
      It's become critical for colleges to form relationships with employers and build a pipeline for adult students. By offering certificates, credentials, workshops, and degree programs in formats tailored to the needs of employers, you can tap into a valuable market that is often neglected. This 50-minute workshop will feature a panel of higher ed administrators from different institutions, all of whom will share how they forged relationships with employers to help reach their enrollment goals.
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      4:00 PM  -  5:15 PM
      Limited Capacity - Be 'Non-Traditional’ to serve ‘Non-Traditional’: New Methods/Ideas

      This isn't going to be one of those 'traditional' sit and listen type of workshops.  Expect to be engaged and motivated!  In this session, you will connect with peers and discuss some of the biggest challenges in adult learning through an interactive workshop covering topics such as digital literacy, skill gaps, and balancing learning and work.  The workshop will reveal different experiences, problems, and solutions to overcome hurdles for non-traditional learners.  at the end of this event, you will walk away with new strategies and inspiration to better serve these students.   Join to learn, network, and have fun with great ideas, drinks, and conversation!

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      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      Reframing Credentialing to Support the 60 Year Curriculum

      The 60 Year Curriculum concept proposes a conscious structure around flexible lifelong learning for students, allowing them to progress through their lives and careers with an education infrastructure that supports them as and where they need it.

      Of course, establishing such an environment requires more than a can-do attitude from college and university leaders.  at its core, this reframing shifts the position of institutions from gatekeepers of knowledge to facilitators of education.  And this reframing requires a rethink of the operations of the institution itself-everything from service structure to credentialing.

      This presentation will focus on how credentialing and program models will need to evolve to fit the lifelong learning landscape, and will facilitate discussion around opportunities and challenges related to the shift to the 60 Year Curriculum.

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      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      Strategies for working with industry partner students
      In this session, Colorado Technical University will discuss a number of strategies for effectively working with students who are affiliated with business partners. Strategies include specialized enrollment and student support strategies including the development of customized student portals and transfer credit processes. This session will be a case study presentation, using examples from CTU and will include time for discussion.
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      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      Turning Data and Insights into Enrollments: The art and science of finding, communicating and enroll
      Institutions today are challenged like never before with designing career-focused programs for working learners who need to keep pace with changes in the job market. This panel discussion brings together leaders in continuing education, labor market analytics, enrollment marketing, and career-focused recruitment to share best practices and innovative ideas from their experience in launching and scaling flexible and online programs for today’s working learner.
      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      What Happens When Employers Support Lifelong Learning

      During the 2005 National Bargaining, Kaiser Permanente and the Coalition agreed that in order to adapt to the rapidly changing healthcare environment, innovative investments in partnerships, people and technologies would be required. Not only were tuition reimbursement and educational leave policies enhanced but a new educational training trust was established with the goal of creating a culture that values and invests in lifelong learning and enhanced career development opportunities for represented employees.

      The Ben Hudnall Memorial Trust (BHMT) assists represented Kaiser employees to reach career and learning goals. InsideTrack, a leader in student success, provides coaching services to support degree completion through the Trust. Adult learners can be faced with additional obstacles such as navigating work and family, accessing institutional resources and admissions requirements that are geared towards traditional students, as well as identifying their long-term career goals and aligning those with their learning. InsideTrack supports students as they navigate these obstacles and more.

      In this session, you will learn about how the BHMT model operates, why it is innovative, and how it contributes to career mobility and development. You will hear directly from two InsideTrack coaches about their insights and experience working with students accessing educational opportunities through BHMT. This session is designed to introduce a successful career development model and spark conversations around partnerships that support workforce development and lifelong learning.

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      Friday, November 8, 2019

      10:25 AM  -  11:15 AM
      Best Practices for Serving Student Veterans in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System
      As a special population of non-traditional students, veterans require specific services to address their needs. ACE's 2012 "From Soldier to Student II: Assessing Campus Programs for Veterans and Service Members" survey was adapted to measure the preparedness of community and technical colleges in a state system. Results from the survey were compared to retention and completion data. Recommendations for improvement are offered as a solution to enhance the experience of student veterans.
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      10:25 AM  -  11:15 AM
      Credentialing: A Study of Non-Credit to Credit Conversion Activities.
      The purpose of this session is to discuss findings from an exploratory survey focusing on non-credit to credit conversion approaches at regionally-accredited institutions in the Southeastern region. Participants will learn about common types of external learning converted into college credit, scope of conversion activities, and approaches to ensure integrity in the conversion processes.
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      10:25 AM  -  11:15 AM
      Curriculum Model for Higher Education and Workforce Integration (HEWI)
      Want to re-think your curriculum? Want to connect your courses to workplace learning? This presentation is from a two-year grant project that examined the intersection of competencies needed to be successful in higher education and in the workplace, and applied the outcomes to curriculum for adult learners entering the workforce. A team of eight faculty designed multiple courses with the curricular model and will share the results and ways that it can be used across the curricular areas.
      10:25 AM  -  11:15 AM
      Frontline to Finish Line: Serving Up Second Chances For Adult Learners

      Innovative partnerships between academic institutions and corporations are providing a pathway into education for adult learners. At the same time, these partnerships drive increased loyalty and retention for employers who invest in education for their employees. Find out strategies for building employer connections and the measurements that matter most to businesses.  

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      10:25 AM  -  11:15 AM
      Marketing to Prospective Adult Learners: Patterns of Information Use, Trust, and Decision-Making
      Adult learners consult a wide range of information sources to help determine the best path forward. The challenge for schools, however, is that they trust a much narrower range of sources. Eduventures research into the behavioral and attitudinal mindsets of prospective adult learners sheds light on this critical gap and reveals adults as informed and discerning consumers. This session explores how behavioral mindsets can help calibrate what and how schools communicate with adult prospects.
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