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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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  • March 14, 2013

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    Maps to Credentials

    The webinar brought together leaders from 3 community colleges to share lessons they are learning as they engage campus constituencies in the process of creating degree maps and integrating programs and services for student veterans.

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    ACE CREDIT Course Review

    Courses and examinations are reviewed by carefully selected teams of faculty evaluators from relevant academic disciplines. If the content, scope and rigor of the course or examination is equivalent to a college-level course, the teams recommend appropriate college credit. Students can use these credit recommendations to satisfy general education or degree requirements or to demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in a particular subject

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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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    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.

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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.

  • 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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    Credits to Credentials™

    Credits to Credentials™ is ACE’s large-scale strategy to develop and implement clearly- mapped education and career pathways for adults that have successfully completed workforce and military training and occupations with ACE credit recommendations.

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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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    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.

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    Maps to Credentials: Creating an Integrated Prior Learning Assessment Model to Accelerate Postsecondary Attainment

    Maps to Credentials, a 3-year project funded by FIPSE (Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education), is designing and piloting credential road maps for student veterans, applying ACE credit recommendations for military occupations and training and incorporating other PLA methods to accelerate veterans' postsecondary attainment.

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