NGA Panel Presentation on Increasing Credential Attainment

NGA Panel Presentation on Increasing Credential Attainment


On March 24, 2010, John Sener presented on a panel at the National Governors' Association meeting, "Increasing Postsecondary Credential Attainment by Adults: An Institute for State Policymakers." Fellow panelists were Bob Mendenhall, President of Western Governors' University, and Jorge Klor de Alva, President of the Nexus Research and Policy Center and former President of the University of Phoenix. The panel focused on innovative uses of technology in helping to increase postsecondary credential attainment by adults, especially low-income adults and was attended by about 20 policymakers representing various levels of government throughout the U.S.

Sener's presentation, entitled "Innovative Uses of Technology: Supporting PLAs, Stopouts, and Learners-on-the-go," focused on how prior learning assessment and emerging technologies can support 'stopouts' -- students who drop in and out of college more frequently out of necessity - and how cloud computing and portable/mobile computing technologies are creating more mobile learners. The presentation also discussed the issue of increasing postsecondary credential attainment by adults from a broader higher education perspective.

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