Nation's Premier Event on Assessing Adult and Experiential Learning Returns to Atlantic City

June 13, 2011

Participants from Around the World Attending This Year's Event

It has been 23 years since Thomas Edison State College established the National Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning and this year’s event in Atlantic City is the largest ever, attracting participants from all over the world.

The event takes place from June 15 – 17 at Caesars Atlantic City and provides an intensive learning experience for professionals in education who are involved in the assessment of adult learning. This year, sessions will focus on assessment as it pertains to distance education, prior learning assessment, assessment methodologies, effective learning outcomes, college-level learning, workforce development and leveraging technology in higher education.

“Our theme this year is Virtual Assessment—Real Outcomes,” said Marc Singer, vice provost of the Collegiate Credit Assessment Center at Thomas Edison State College and co-chair of the 2011 National Institute. “Presenters from higher education, business, foundations and government will address the emerging issue of how to harness technology to better serve nontraditional students and also how to ensure these students get an effective education that will train them for a place in the global economy.”

Singer added that the program will continue to have a strong focus on experiential learning and the assessment of adult learning. In addition, a pre-conference workshop for those new to prior learning assessment and experiential learning will be held June 14.

Prior learning assessment was initially called portfolio assessment when it was developed in the early 1970s by the Cooperative Assessment of Experiential Learning, a project made up of a small group of colleges and universities, including Thomas Edison State College. Prior learning assessment is a process where students demonstrate that they possess college-level knowledge of a subject that has been acquired outside of a traditional classroom setting, such as at work or through volunteer service. It is a core competency of Thomas Edison State College and one of its most unique programs.

“What is important to remember about prior learning assessment is that students do not get credit for experience; they earn credit by demonstrating that they possess college-level knowledge of a subject in a valid and reliable manner,” said Dr. George A. Pruitt, president of Thomas Edison State College.

In 1988, Thomas Edison State College established the National Institute and began organizing the annual event in conjunction with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, the organization that ultimately grew out of the Cooperative Assessment of Experiential Learning project in the early 1970s.

On Wednesday, June 15, Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford is scheduled to present the college with a proclamation declaring the day “Thomas Edison State College Day in Atlantic City.

This year’s event is sponsored by KNEXT, Excelsior College, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, Empire State College and the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP).

For more information on the event or to view the complete 2011 program, visit www.tesc.edu/national-institute.

 

About Thomas Edison State College
Thomas Edison State College provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults. One of New Jersey’s 12 senior public institutions of higher education, the College offers associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees in more than 100 areas of study. Students earn degrees through a wide variety of rigorous and high-quality academic methods that can be customized to meet their individual needs. Identified by Forbes magazine as one of the top 20 colleges and universities in the nation in the use of technology to create learning opportunities for adults, Thomas Edison State College is a national leader in the assessment of adult learning and a pioneer in the use of educational technologies. The College is home to The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy. The New Jersey State Library is an affiliate of Thomas Edison State College. For more information about the College, call (888) 442-8372, e-mail info@tesc.edu or visit www.tesc.edu.