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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

  • Academic Review Task Force

    The charge of the Task Force was to review the policies and procedures governing the ACE College Credit Recommendation Service (military and non-military).

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    The ACE CREDIT College and University Network

    The Network is a group of more than 2,000 higher education institutions that consider ACE credit recommendations for transfer to degree programs.

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    Best Practices: Credit for Prior Learning

    Resources for colleges and universities in developing policies and practices for awarding credit for prior learning.

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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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    Portraits of CBE Practice Report

    To better understand the state of CBE implementation and the prospects for mainstream growth, Eduventures and Ellucian have initiated a 3-year longitudinal study of CBE in U.S. higher education. The American Council on Education is a strategic partner.

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    Postsecondary Pathways

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

  • Presidential Innovation Papers

    A series of papers which reflect some of the important conversations of ACE's Presidential Innovation Laboratory group.

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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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