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The ACC Network is excited to provide an email discussion Listserv to foster communication between practitioners, policymakers, and others to share promising ideas and proven practices that help identify adults with some college credit who aren't enrolled in postsecondary education and build pathways to help them reenroll and complete a certificate or degree.  Please review our terms and conditions of use prior to joining the Listserv.

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Staff contacts

Demi Michelau

Demaree Michelau

Director of Policy Analysis
Policy Analysis and Research


Patrick Lane

Patrick Lane

Project Coordinator
Policy Analysis and Research


Russell Poulin

 Russell Poulin

Deputy Director, Research and Analysis
WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies

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Webinar Series

The Adult College Completion Network hosts a free webinar series focused on issues crucial to increasing degree completion by adults with prior postsecondary credit. Be sure to check our events page for any upcoming webinars. Here you’ll also find archived copies of previous webinars.


  • The University of Wisconsin's Flex Option (Part Two): The Nuts and Bolts of Developing and Delivering the Flex Curricula — May 1, 2014: 3:00 pm (EDT)

This webinar will provide a closer examination of the academic side of the program.

To register for the webinar, please click here. To view the agenda for the webinar, please click here.

Development of the Flexible Option’s curricular offerings has required close collaboration between faculty and program administrators. Beyond the technical aspects of the program's development (which will not be addressed in this webinar), it has required a conceptual reorientation among all those involved. The process of delivering the curriculum to students requires managing faculty workloads while still providing close mentorship and advising through the Academic Success Coaches. Speakers from across the University of Wisconsin system will provide details on the development of the academic aspects of the program, the process used to work through these issues, and the early lessons they have identified as the program has rolled out.


This program aimed at adult students awards degrees based on mastery of certain competencies rather than credit hours. While competency-based education programs are not new, they are emerging as a promising strategy to increase adult degree completion. The University of Wisconsin is in the midst of implementing this new, large-scale effort. Key leaders from the initiative will share insights into their work so far.

To view the slides for the webinar, please click here.

To view the recording of the webinar, please click here.

Speaker: Cliff Adelman, senior associate, Institute for Higher Education Policy.

Cliff Adelman, who led IHEP's recently-completed Project Win-Win, discussed some of the findings from this work, which collaborated with 61 institutions to identify and find those students who had completed enough credits for an associate's degree but never received one.

To view the slides for the webinar, please click here.

To view the recording of the webinar, please click here.

For further information about Project Win-Win and its outcomes, please see the recently-released final report.

Speaker: Patricia Steele, principal consultant, HigherEd Insight.

This webinar focuses on the basics of evaluation, including identifying and working with external evaluators. The webinar provides resources for those planning an external evaluation including how to develop an RFP, what costs to expect in carrying out an external evaluation and where to find external evaluators.

To view a recording of the webinar, please click here.

To view the slides from the webinar, please click here.

Speakers: Baron Rodriguez, director, Privacy Technical Assistance Center

Michael Hawes, statistical privacy advisor, Department of Education

This webinar examines the FERPA implications of data mining efforts. Baron Rodriguez and Michael Hawes represented the Department of Education and provided guidance to participants about how the law does, and does not, limit this activity.

The webinar detailed the specific exemptions that may be available for institutions seeking to identify and contact these students.

To view the recording of the webinar, please click here

To view the PowerPoint slides, please click here.

  • Using the Adult Learning Focused Institution Assessment Tools —  December 6, 2012.

    Speaker: Judity Wertheim, vice president, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)

    Understanding the strengths and weaknesses in the ways that your institution serves adult learners is key to providing them with opportunities to succeed. This webinar focuses on the ways that the ALFI assessment tools — which were developed by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) — can help you identify areas for improvement from your students’ perspectives as well as areas where programs and service are strong.

    To view the webinar slides, click here. To view the webinar recording, click here.


Recent Webinars on Marketing Evaluation and Math Course Redesign

The ACC Network hosted two recent webinars that may be of interest to those serving adults with prior college credit.

On June 7, the webinar focused on evaluating outreach and marketing campaigns.

On June 13, the webinar focused on redesigning math courses to improve student success and reduce costs for institutions.

Archived recordings of the webinars are available here.

Developing and Delivering Curricula for a Competency-based Degree Program

Due to high demand, we are excited to present an additional webinar on Wisconsin's competency-based degree program. This webinar will focus on the development and implementation of the academic side of the program. To register for the webinar, please click here. To view the agenda for the webinar, please click here.

The webinar takes place on May 1, 2014 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm (EDT).