Who’s Missing From This Picture? Single Parent Students

The estimated 3.5 million students who also are single parents are almost always absent from the conversation surrounding higher education. These post-traditional learners now make up 15.2 percent of the undergraduate population, and their numbers are growing. Christopher J. Nellum and Mekaelia Davis discuss the importance of considering their needs.

VIDEO: Courageous Learning: The Documentary

The new documentary (and book) Courageous Learning, produced by Excelsior College and President John Ebersole, follows the lives of three adult students as they face obstacles in the pursuit of higher education.

Northern Arizona University Helping Students Earn Degrees Through CBE

Northern Arizona University (NAU) is offering a competency based education program as part of its effort to make college more affordable, accessible and help students earn degrees sooner. NAU’s Personalized Learning Division self-paced, online bachelor’s degree program allows students to complete as many courses as they like in a six-month subscription.

Credit  for  Prior  Learning:  Why  All  the  Controversy?

Does the acceptance of prior learning actually lead to less or more revenue for colleges and universities? We don’t know yet, because no one has really researched the impact on institutions’ bottom lines. This research, while not easy, is necessary, writes Deborah Seymour.

Arizona State, Starbucks Team Up to Help Students Complete Degrees

Arizona State University is participating in a new effort to increase the number of students who complete their degrees. The Starbucks College Achievement Plan, a joint effort of ASU and Starbucks, will allow thousands of eligible Starbucks employees to enroll, with partial or full financial support from Starbucks, in any of ASU’s 40 online bachelor’s degree programs.

Three Trends Worth Watching for Continuing Education Leaders

More than 36 million adults between 25 and 64 years of age have completed some college, but don’t have a degree. Further, there are 44.5 million American adults with high school diplomas, but no college experience. Cathy Sandeen identifies a few emerging trends institutions might consider in their quest to serve this massive market of non-traditional students.

PODCAST: ACE’s Cathy Sandeen on the Evolution of MOOCs

Cathy Sandeen, ACE’s vice president for education attainment and innovation, recently sat down with the online newspaper Evolllution.com to discuss the impact of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on higher education over the past few years and how they might affect continuing and extended education programs in the future.

SUNY Aiming to Increase Access and Completion with Online Offerings

Open SUNY, a new online initiative from the State University of New York, is pioneering efforts to expand access for current and future students to the 64-campus system. The program aims to maximize access to online courses worldwide and provide students with a better opportunity to complete their degrees and achieve success in the competitive… Read more »

Now What? Some Insights From OECD’s Adult Skills Survey

We’re not learning only in the classroom anymore—and maybe we never were. A new Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development report shows that throughout the world, the workplace is a critical learning environment. The question is, what does that mean for educational policy and adult learners?

A MOOC by Any Other Name? An Online Course

“I’d aspired to give people a profound education—to teach them something substantial…but the data was at odds with this idea,” declared Sebastian Thrun, founder of the Silicon Valley MOOC platform Udacity in a recent Fast Company article. But if you have been tracking Thrun’s work over the past year, you will see his statement as nothing terribly new, writes Cathy Sandeen.

University of Toledo Providing Resources to Ensure Student Veterans’ Academic Success

In honor of Veterans’ Day Monday, we are highlighting one of the institutions doing exemplary work to assist veterans making the transition from the military to higher education. At the University of Toledo’s (OH) Military Service Center, staff members work with student veterans to develop an individualized course of action designed to meet their needs and encourage academic success.

The Emerging World of Alternative Credentials

Digital badges. Verified certificates. Alternative credentials. More and more people are finding new ways—outside of traditional postsecondary degree programs—to show employers they possess the skills and knowledge needed for a constantly changing workplace, writes Cathy Sandeen.