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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 14, 2018

    Leadership Skills and ACE Credit Recommendations Propel Firefighter to Degree

    A Cincinnati, OH firefighter is applying leadership skills and ACE credit recommendations to complete his bachelor's degree at Northern Kentucky University. Anson Turley's story is the third in a series highlighting students who have used ACE CREDIT recommendations as part of a flexible college completion pathway.

  • October 18, 2018

    City Official Fast Tracks Degree With Working Scholars Program

    East Palo Alto’s vice-mayor is pursuing her bachelor's degree through Working Scholars, an innovative program that helps adult learners earn credits on their own time and with personalized mentor support. Lisa Gauthier’s story is the second in a series highlighting students who have used ACE CREDIT recommendations as part of a flexible college completion pathway.

  • September 19, 2018

    Experiential Program Jump-starts College and Career

    Year Up program alumna Daisy Spears is on her way to meeting her education and career goals at Community College of Rhode Island, with Year Up offering a clear pathway to completion. Spears’ story is first in a series highlighting the success of students who have used ACE CREDIT recommendations as part of a flexible college completion pathway.

  • February 7, 2018

    College instructor in class

    ACE Research Outlines Best Practices to Support Effective Teaching and Improve Student Learning

    Comprehensive efforts to improve teaching quality are highly effective at helping to improve graduation and retention rates, student satisfaction, faculty morale, and pass rates, according to a new ACE white paper.

  • October 30, 2017

    Institutional Commitment to Teaching Excellence:

    ACE Issues White Paper Examining Institutional Commitment to Teaching Excellence

    Institutional Commitment to Teaching Excellence: Assessing the Impacts and Outcomes of Faculty Development concludes that quality postsecondary instruction yields benefits that extend far beyond the classroom.

  • November 20, 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.

  • Instructional Improvement ROI Tool

    The American Council on Education (ACE) and Ithaka S+R have partnered to develop a tool to assist institutional leaders in understanding more fully the potential ROI for specific types of instructional improvement reforms.

  • Adult Learners

    Using Your ACE Credit Recommendations

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

  • Alternative Credit Project

    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.

  • ACE Center for Education Attainment and Innovation

    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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