Principles of Effectiveness for Serving Adult Learners

ABAC-Bainbridge seeks to provide services to adult learners that reflect principles (See CAEL for more).

OUTREACH The institution conducts outreach to adult learners
by overcoming barriers of time, place, and tradition
in order to create lifelong access to educational
LIFE & CAREER PLANNING The institution addresses adult learners’ life and
career goals before or at the onset of enrollment in
order to assess and align its capacities to help learners
reach their goals.
FINANCING The institution promotes choice using an array of
payment options for adult learners in order to expand
equity and financial flexibility.
ASSESSMENT OF LEARNING OUTCOMES The institution defines and assesses the knowledge, skills,
and competencies acquired by adult learners both from
the curriculum and from life/work experience in order
to assign credit and confer degrees with rigor.
TEACHING-LEARNING PROCESS The institution’s faculty uses multiple methods of
instruction (including experiential- and problembased
methods) for adult learners in order to connect
curricular concepts to useful knowledge and skills.
STUDENT SUPPORT SYSTEMS The institution assists adult learners using comprehensive
academic and student support systems in order to
enhance students’ capacities to become self-directed,
lifelong learners.
TECHNOLOGY The institution uses information technology to
provide relevant and timely information and to
enhance the learning experience.
STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS The institution engages in strategic relationships,
partnerships, and collaborations with employers and
other organizations in order to develop and improve
educational opportunities for adult learners.



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