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"CAEL influences higher education reform for contemporary students" is a podcast interview featuring Pamela Tate, President and CEO for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). Tate discusses prior learning assessments (PLAs) and their role in accelerating adult learner degree completion rates. Tate also provides a comparison between PLA and competency- based learning, a similar growing trend in higher education. Tate goes on to discuss barriers within higher education such as transferability of credits and issues with Title IV regarding student financial aid. Lastly, Tate describes how CAEL is working to connect higher education with the business industry in helping business create environments that promote and encourage education.

Interview facilitation, commentary and discussion presented by Kathryn Dodge, Alison Griffin, and Elise Scanlon of Radio Higher Ed.

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Copyright © 2014 Radio Higher Ed . All Rights Reserved. Podcast Intro and Exit music by Won (FLT RSK) / CC BY-NC 3.0 Produced in conjunction with the Average Guy Podcast Network.

RadioHigherEd026F001.mp3 (2071 kB)
CAEL’s pioneering work to reduce higher education barriers for students (2:12)

RadioHigherEd026F002.mp3 (557 kB)
CAEL’s role in helping industry provide navigation help for students to return to college (:35)

RadioHigherEd026F003.mp3 (1300 kB)
How PLA accelerates progress toward degree completion (1:22)

RadioHigherEd026F004.mp3 (1874 kB)
PLA, competency-based education and direct assessment explained (1:59)

RadioHigherEd026F005.mp3 (2427 kB)
Evolution of PLA: progress toward a national set of practices for higher education (2:35)

RadioHigherEd026F006.mp3 (1823 kB)
PLA as a key piece of the College Completion Agenda (1:56)

RadioHigherEd026F007.mp3 (861 kB)
Relating PLA and student motivation to complete degrees (:54)

RadioHigherEd026F008.mp3 (1054 kB)
Quality, rigor and the important role of faculty in PLA (1:07)

RadioHigherEd026F009.mp3 (1309 kB)
Early adopters of PLA (1:23)

RadioHigherEd026F010.mp3 (2740 kB)
Prior Learning Assessment and Transfer of Credit (2:55)

RadioHigherEd026F011.mp3 (2134 kB)
Forces in higher education creating a more accepting environment for PLA and other innovation (2:16)

RadioHigherEd026F012.mp3 (3757 kB)
PLA as a key tool for 50% of higher education students who cannot afford traditional higher (4:00)

RadioHigherEd026F013.mp3 (4771 kB)
Alternative models of higher education and outcomes-focused quality assurance (5:05)

RadioHigherEd026F014.mp3 (5591 kB)
FutureLink helps students see connections between education and career pathways (5:58)

RadioHigherEd026F015.mp3 (2949 kB)
The need for greater Title IV and GI Bill support for the “3-credit learner.” (3:05)

RadioHigherEd026F016.mp3 (1354 kB)
Learning Counts,, provide information on education and industry coalitions (1:26)

RadioHigherEd026F017.mp3 (10951 kB)
Analysis by Kathryn Dodge, Alison Griffin and Elise Scanlon (11:41)