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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.

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    Returning to Learning: Resources for Students

    ACE offers students assistance in using their ACE credit recommendations and transcripts, information about credit for prior learning options, and resources on returning to college.

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    Using Your ACE Credit Recommendations

    A guide to help adult learners use their ACE credit recommendations for military or workplace training.

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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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    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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    Student Resource Center

    Staff in the ACE Resource Center are on call to answer questions about obtaining ACE credit recommendations for military and corporate training, creating and ordering your ACE transcript, and applying credit recommendations towards transfer credit at a college or university.

  • CUP Regional Liaisons: Connecting Experiential Credits to Colleges

    ACE introduces two Regional Liaisons for its college and university partnerships network. Together, they offer a customized approach to education attainment and innovation.

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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.

  • Student Guide to Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

    Many colleges and universities evaluate the college-level knowledge and skills an individual has gained outside of the classroom for college credit. This evaluation is called prior learning assessment (PLA), but may also be referred to as credit for prior learning or experiential learning. There are many programs and services available to help you earn credit for your workplace training, military service, and other experiential learning toward a college or university degree program.

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