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Center for Education Attainment and Innovation

December 30, 1899


From its first programs for returning World War II veterans to its innovative digital credentialing for workplace learning, ACE has led the national movement to recognize and promote adult learner programs in higher education. ACE demonstrates its commitment to adult learners and postsecondary credential attainment through a wide range of programs and initiatives that support postsecondary access and success.

We deliver on our attainment and innovation mission across several key initiatives: GED® test, evaluation of military and workforce training, tools to help practitioners and learners navigate credit for prior learning, and innovative solutions for learners to signal their competency attainment. Enabling flexible completion pathways is evident by ACE’s longstanding commitment to adult learners. ACE continues to develop programs and services to validate learning that occurs in multiple contexts to support adult learners’ attainment of high-quality credentials.

CEAI Initiatives


The ACE College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT®) connects workplace learning with colleges and universities by helping adults gain academic credit for formal courses and examinations taken outside of traditional degree programs.​

Effective Teaching

Through an effective teaching agenda that includes research, practitioner tools, and collaborations with other mission-aligned organizations, ACE seeks to enable institutions to improve student achievement through high-quality instruction.​​

​​Innovative Practices 

Our work includes a number of grant-funded and sponsored projects to identify innovations with measurable, scalable results to suit the unique learning and credentialing needs of learners and campuses​.

​Military Programs

ACE’s Military Programs provide a critical link between the U. S. Department of Defense and higher education through the review of military training (courses) and experiences (occupations) with the goal of awarding equivalent college credits for those experiences.

Supporting Student Veterans

ACE Veterans’ Programs promotes access to and success in higher education for service members, veterans, and their families who are eligible for benefits under the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.​

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