National Adult Learner Coalition
The National Adult Learner Coalition’s mission is to advance the adult learner agenda to expand post-secondary education and credentialing opportunities that will strengthen our communities, regions, and national economy. UPCEA, along with Council for Advanced and Experiential Learning (CAEL), Online Learning Consortium (OLC), and Presidents' Forum are the founding members of the Coalition and represent more than 1,000 higher education institutions throughout the United States that have long been leaders and innovators in expanding opportunities for adult and contemporary learners.
The Coalition will promote policies that align post-secondary education and America’s workforce development goals to produce better outcomes and access for the majority of today’s students. The Coalition fills a void in the higher education policy community which, until now, lacked a unified voice representing the adult learner and the institutions and programs that serve them.
The Coalition’s goals include:
- Modernizing federal education and workforce policy to reflect the reality that the adult learner is the new normal
- Educating stakeholders on the value and needs of adult learners and innovative ways to serve them
- Mobilizing colleges and universities, employers, government, and other key constituencies to advance the adult learner.
The Coalition is also working to increase awareness of the need for support for innovative directions such as competency-based education, prior learning assessment, and alternative credentialing, which hold great promise for reaching those adults currently underserved.
Click here to view the Coalition's White Paper:
"Strengthening America’s Economy By Expanding Educational Opportunities for Working Adults"
Infographic - Fast Facts on Adult Learners
Click here for a full download of the infographic "Fast Facts on Adult Learners".
View the video recording of the Coalition's Capitol Hill briefing focusing on economic trends, institutional and student challenges, building blocks, and policy opportunities.
BRIEFING: ADULT LEARNERS AND THE ECONOMY
Originally held: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 12-1 p.m. EST
Location: Russell Senate Office Building 385, or via webcast
Expansion of the American economy cannot be fully achieved without successful degree attainment by adults. Through the newly formed National Adult Learner Coalition, four organizations are speaking in a unified voice on behalf of the adult learner and the institutions that serve them.
This session will explain the importance of the adult learner and demonstrate how small changes in federal policy can help a majority of today's students and help build a stronger workforce for tomorrow. Three panelists will offer distinct perspectives of adult learners, higher education policy and the workforce:
- Anthony P. Carnevale, Research Professor and Director, McCourt School of Public Policy at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
- John C. Cavanaugh, President & CEO, Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area
- Monique Wardrick, adult learner, veteran and recent graduate and current student at the University of Maryland University College
- Bob Hansen, CEO, UPCEA
- Becky Klein-Collins, Associate Vice President, Research and Policy Development, CAEL
Op-Ed by Bob Hansen, CEO, UPCEA in The Hill:
"Old policies little help to new wave of college students"
For more information about the Coalition, contact Jordan DiMaggio, firstname.lastname@example.org