Adult Education Bulletin  
 January 26, 2012
Vol. 1, Issue 43
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Universities "unbundle" credentials 
Free, open-enrollment courses at top-tier universities have highlighted the fact that a major benefit of higher education in today's society is credentialing. Separating these credentials from educational content may change major aspects of the cost structure of and delivery mechanisms for higher education.

Workers over-50 look to community colleges for job training
A number of programs across the country, such as the American Association of Community Colleges' "50 Plus Initiative," have emerged recently, aimed at tailoring community college course content to older adults struggling to find work in the current job market.

Op-ed: Can companies make higher ed free, more accountable?
A number of non-profit, as well as for-profit, web-based companies are starting to offer college-level courses for free, or close to free, to the public. For-profit StraighterLine will soon start offering the Collegiate Learning Assessment, a test that measures critical-thinking skills, to students. According to Washington Post pundit Jon Marcus, "Many traditional universities are afraid to administer it, so the fact that [StraighterLine founder Burke] Smith is embracing the test indicates that his company is comfortable in the glare of accountability."

Higher education may help preserve mental accuity into old age 
According to a recent study from Brandeis University, a college education can slow the brain's aging process by up to a decade, "adding a new twist to the cost-benefit analysis of higher education - for young students as well as those thinking about returning to school."


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Shifting Demographics: Today’s Adult Learner and the Disappearing ‘Traditional’ Student

Kristen Betts
Director of Online Learning
Armstrong Atlantic State University


UPCEA Brings Focus to Adult Student Success

UPCEA has partnered with InsideTrack to provide support to members through the Association’s Center for Research and Consulting. UPCEA CEO Bob Hansen believes the partnership is a logical step, as college and university leaders work to meet the shared goal of improving student outcomes.

“UPCEA takes very seriously its responsibility as an important resource to colleges and universities serving nontraditional learners. That is why we launched our Center for Research and Consulting, and why we partnered with InsideTrack,” said Hansen...

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