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Adult Learners


Adult Learners

  • Adult learners are typically defined as learners over the age of 25, and are often referred to as nontraditional students. Yet for almost two decades, adult learners have comprised close to 40 percent of the college-going population, spanning a range of backgrounds and experiences, from Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and GED® credential holders to 55-year-old professionals and skilled workers in career transition. 

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    Center for Education Attainment and Innovation

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

  • College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT)

    The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT) connects workplace learning with colleges and universities by helping adults gain access to academic credit for formal courses and examinations taken outside traditional degree programs.

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    Returning to Learning: Resources for Adult Learners

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

  • National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training

    The ACE National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training contains ACE credit recommendations for formal courses or examinations offered by various organizations, from businesses and unions to the government and military.

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ACE Related Programs and Initiatives

Chris Hammann, 43, an employee and student at Northern Kentucky University, is ACE’s Adult Learner of the Year.

Adult Learner of the Year Award

The Adult Learner of the Year Award is presented annually by ACE to an adult learner who has benefited from the use of ACE credit recommendations to earn a college degree or advance a career.