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Attainment and Innovation

​The ​landscape is rapidly changing, with new venues for engagement in learning across the life span. These increased possibilities support learning and attainment for adult learners in a variety of environments and through a multitude of sources, from corporate training and continuing education on college campuses to personalized learning through open education resources, such as Massively Open Online Courses (MOOC’s), online tutorials, and game-based learning.

With only 22% of adult learners age 25 and older having some college but no degree, this population’s participation in postsecondary education is critical to our nation’s global competitiveness and quality of life. ACE is committed to boosting adult learners’ postsecondary access and success by providing leadership in lifelong learning, and spearheading and highlighting initiatives, policies, and practices that move adult learners to and through postsecondary credential programs.

Featured Content

  • November 19, 2015

    College/Employer Partnerships—Collaboration through CPL

    In the last webinar of the 2015 CUP Series, partner organizations and institutions will offer strategies and practices for creating more streamlined pathways and related services.

  • March 14, 2013

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    Maps to Credentials

    The webinar brought together leaders from 3 community colleges to share lessons they are learning as they engage campus constituencies in the process of creating degree maps and integrating programs and services for student veterans.

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    Center for Education Attainment and Innovation

    ACE's Center for Education Attainment and Innovation is committed to students and attainment and offers a wide range of programs and initiatives that support postsecondary access and success.

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    College and University Partnerships

    As a growing number of adults across the United States require more postsecondary education, they look to colleges and universities with programs and services to meet their needs. More than 2,000 institutions in the ACE CREDIT College and University Network do just that with the recognition of ACE CREDIT recommendations.

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    Defense Acquisitions University Equivalency Program

    The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) provides the opportunity for organizations (colleges and universities, DoD schools, other federal agencies, commercial vendors, and professional societies) to offer courses, programs or certifications which are deemed and accepted as equivalent to one or more DAU courses.

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    Postsecondary Pathways

    Find initiatives and programs that expand pathways to postsecondary credentials through effective applications of credit for prior learning.

  • State Policy as a Tool for Postsecondary Developmental Education Reform: A Case Study of Connecticut

    This report presents a brief case study of a legislatively led effort to improve developmental education in Connecticut, which culminated in 2012 with the passage of Public Act 12-40, “An Act Concerning College Readiness and Completion.

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    The Architecture of Innovation: System-Level Course Redesign in Tennessee

    This report, funded by the Lumina Foundation, examines the efforts of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) to innovate beyond traditional academic models and offers valuable insight into the dynamic and complex nature of sustainable change in higher education.

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    Quick Hits

    A series of “Quick Hit” papers: briefs on current and emerging topics in the realm of education attainment and innovation.

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    Alternative Credit Project™

    ACE is engaging in an Alternative Credit Project to encourage greater acceptance of students’ alternative credit and a more flexible pathway towards post-secondary education attainment for the more than 31 million non-traditional students who may have some college credit but no degree.

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