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Educational Attainment

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Educational Attainment

  • President Barack Obama has made educational attainment a cornerstone of his higher education platform, with the goal of the United States having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. ACE has introduced a number of programs and publications aimed to help postsecondary institutions contribute to meeting this goal. Additionally, in cooperation with five other higher education associations, the Council has convened a national Commission on Higher Education Attainment, chaired by Ohio State University President Gordon Gee.

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  • 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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    Higher Education Groups Endorse Student Achievement Measure Initiative

    Nine national higher education organizations have endorsed the Student Achievement Measure (SAM), a collaborative effort by the association community to track student attendance across institutions.

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    Video Discussion About Cultural Tendencies and Education Attainment Goals

    Cathy Sandeen, Vice President for Education Attainment and Innovation at the American Council on Education, discusses some cultural tendencies that may be impeding the nation's progress toward its ambitious education attainment goals and what we might do about it.

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    College and University Partnerships (CUP)

    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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    CEAI Resource Center

    Staff in the CEAI Resource Center answer questions and provide resources for adult learners and colleges and universities.

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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.