• July 22, 2014

    The National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB), the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), and the ACC Network are presenting a webinar on August 6 at 3 pm EDT focused on how the workforce system can take advantage of prior learning assessment (PLA) to improve outcomes for clients. The webinar is free and open to all, but please register for the event by clicking here.

  • July 21, 2014

    By Josh Cohen
    Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

    Two publications recently provided a fresh look at how military and veteran students are faring in postsecondary education. Many active duty servicemembers and veterans are utilizing federal education assistance programs, such as the Montgomery GI Bill and the Post-9/11 GI Bill, to help further their education and position themselves as competitive in today’s job market. Both the Montgomery GI Bill and the Post 9/11 GI Bill provide current and former military servicemembers, and their dependents, with financial assistance for tuition, books, and living expenses associated with postsecondary education.

  • July 11, 2014

    The Education Commission of the States (ECS) has just released a brief on recent legislation passed by states that affects veteran and military students. The brief focuses on prior learning assessment, student support services, and policies to help students who are deployed in the middle of an academic term.

  • E-Learning Conference

    WCET Annual Meeting

    July 9, 2014

    The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) will hold its annual meeting November 19-21 in Portland, Oregon. More information about the meeting can be found here.

    Registration is now open, and proposals may be submitted through July 18.

  • July 2, 2014

    With competency-based education showing much promise for providing efficient pathways for adults with prior college credit but no degree to finish a postsecondary credential, many institutions are considering developing programs of their own. The ACC Network has collected a series of resources, links, and examples, that may be of interest to those considering embarking on this path.

  • June 27, 2014

    By Patricia Steele
    HigherEd Insight

    Now that you’ve decided to evaluate and hired your external evaluator, how can your program get the most out of the evaluation process? Communication, careful monitoring and feedback, respect for the contract, and an emphasis on institutional learning will help your organization to get the greatest benefit from participating in evaluation.

  • June 25, 2014

    Connecticut launched an aggressive degree completion program with a novel incentive structure on June 2. Under the plan, adults returning to state institutions with prior college credit are eligible for up to three free courses under a buy-one-get-one free arrangement. Since the program’s launch, Go Back to Get Ahead has received over 3,000 inquiries. Ed Klonoski, the president of Charter Oak State College, which leads the statewide effort, has authored a blog post for WCET, which is a partner organization of the ACC Network.


    Click here to read more detail about the launch, marketing and outreach efforts, and initial response to the program.

  • June 20, 2014

    In an effort to reengage some of the 737,000 adults with some college credit but no degree in Indiana, the state’s Commission for Higher Education has approved “Return and Complete,” a new statewide initiative to provide degree pathways and incentives for those who might be close to finishing a degree.

  • June 19, 2014

    A brief from the Rutgers School for Management and Labor Relations examines how policies in local workforce investment areas can be adjusted to provide pathways for adults with prior college credit to pursue degree or certificate completion using resources from the workforce system. The brief, which is available here, focuses on how the Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) can be an obstacle for clients of the workforce system to use training dollars to pursue for-credit courses as part of a degree program.

  • June 18, 2014

    An example of close collaboration between a state workforce system and higher education comes from Indiana, where the state issued guidance that allows for the use of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds to cover the costs for students pursuing credit through prior learning assessment (PLA).

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