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  • July 28, 2014

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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).

  • May 22, 2014

    Improving collaboration between workforce boards and institutions of higher education could help better serve those adults who enter the workforce system with a significant number of college credits but no degree. This webinar will explore specific strategies that both two- and four-year institutions, as well as policymakers, can pursue to foster better communication and collaboration ultimately resulting in increased credential completion by adults who enter the workforce training system.

    The webinar took place May 21 at 3 pm EDT.

    Please click here to view the agenda and here to view the slides and recording.

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