Adults face significant barriers to postsecondary enrollment and completion including limited time and resources, burdensome postsecondary administrative structures and institutions’ failure to recognize adults’ life, work and education experiences. Many adults already hold skills that are of value to employers, but do not hold a postsecondary credential, a necessity for careers that offer family-sustaining wages. Validating work experience should be an entry point to a first credential for adults.
All Learning Counts – New England (ALC-NE) seeks to increase and accelerate adult attainment of quality credentials in New England through new policies and programs related to recognition of learning (ROL), stackable credential pathways, new tools and resources, and convenings of state policymakers, postsecondary education leaders and adult learners.
- Conduct a survey on adult learners’ experience with ROL, enrollment and completion of postsecondary credentials (in partnership with Maguire Associates)
- Hold “Implementers” meetings (i.e., institutional data experts, academic affairs officers, registrars, adult learner staff)
- Engage with one state in the region to support and broaden ROL policies and programs