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Akron Wins $1m Talent Dividend Prize

The city of Akron, Ohio beat out 56 other metropolitan areas to claim the Talent Dividend Prize - a $1 million marketing campaign. The prize was awarded to the metropolitan area that increased degree attainment by adults the most from 2010 to 2013.

Strategy Lab Focuses on Competency-Based Education

Lumina Foundation's Strategy Labs project has released a series of resources focused on developing and implementing competency-based degree programs.

WCET Annual Meeting

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

Registration is still open. The program includes several sessions on competency-based education including an in-depth session which will include subject matter experts, roundtable discussions, and panel presentations.

Effective Collaboration to Increase Adult College Completion

Note: This post is adapted from “Effective Collaboration and Coordination: Lessons from Research and Practice,” published by WICHE earlier in 2014.

The Adult College Completion Network was partially founded on the premise that improving certificate and degree completion by adults with prior college credit would require collaboration among diverse stakeholders. The workforce system, state higher education agencies, institutions, businesses and employers, local governments, community-based organizations, and others all are working in some capacity to eliminate barriers and improve outcomes for returning adults.

Strategy Lab Recommends Statewide Policy for Prior Learning Assessment

Lumina Foundation's Strategy Labs has published an online resource for state leaders that recommends adopting a statewide policy on awarding credit through prior learning. In addition to citing recent research from the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), the site also includes several examples from states that have adopted adult-friendly policies to evaluate prior learning and award credit.

Prior Learning Assessment and the Public Workforce System: Additional Resources

On a recent webinar examining how the public workforce system can better take advantage of prior learning assessment to increase credential completion, speakers referenced several additional materials that may be of use. Below is a collection of some of those materials along with additional materials that may be useful.

New Clearinghouse Report Examines "Some College, No Degree" Population

A new report released by the National Student Clearinghouse sheds some light on the population of adults with some college credit but no degree. The data show 12 percent of this group has made significant progress towards a degree – completing at least two years of postsecondary education.

The Starbucks Plan: A Big Step Forward, But Challenges Remain for Adults with Prior Credit

The Starbucks-Arizona State University (ASU) partnership that will provide tuition reimbursement for employees in their last two years of postsecondary education garnered a good deal of press recently. The program has many interesting components that will benefit a broad range of students who are employed by Starbucks, but this post focuses on the implications of this new program for adults with prior college credit but no degree.

State Legislative Movement on Veteran and Military Students

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.

Resources for Competency-based Education Programs

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.

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