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Booth, M., Fowler, J., & Brown, L. (2009). A Match.com for Mid-Life Adults in Higher Education: Prior Learning Assessment & Career Planning and Development. Presentation at the Student Success and ...

Booth, M., Fowler, J., & Brown, L. (2009). A Match.com for Mid-Life Adults in Higher Education: Prior Learning Assessment & Career Planning and Development. Presentation at the Student Success and Retention Conference, Portland, OR.

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    A Match.com for Mid-Life Adults in Higher Education A Match.com for Mid-Life Adults in Higher Education Presentation Transcript

    • A Match.com for Mid-Life Adults in Higher Education Prior Learning Assessment & Career Planning and Development Presented by Melanie Booth, Lynn Brown, & Jackie Fowler Marylhurst University
    • Agenda
      • About Us & About Marylhurst
      • Student Roles & Student Needs
      • Personal and Professional Assessment - PLA
      • Professional Development and Career Services Support
      • The Match
      • Institutional Possibilities
    • About Us
      • Melanie Booth
        • Director of Learning Assessment Center & Prior Learning Assessment Program
      • Jackie Fowler
        • Faculty, Prior Learning Assessment program
      • Lynn Brown
        • Director of Career Services & Internship Program
    • About Marylhurst University
      • Liberal Arts higher educational institution since 1893
      • Lifelong learning institution for men and women since 1974
      • “ Dedicated to making innovative post-secondary education accessible to self-directed students of any age.”
      • Average age of students: 38
        • Mid-life adult learners
    • The Match
      • Themes We’ll Explore
        • Reflection & Assessment
        • Life and Career Roles & Transitions
        • Articulating Knowledge & Skills
        • Aligning Education to Personal & Professional Goals
        • Prior Learning & New Learning
        • Integration of Liberal Arts & Professional Education
    • Roles
      • List current active roles (nouns) in the center of the circle
        • Examples: Mother, student
      • List ascending and descending roles in the second ring of the circle
        • Ascending – roles coming in
        • Descending – roles going out
      • List wished-for roles (nouns) in the outer ring of the circle
        • Examples: Graduate, leader
    • Roles
      • Take a few minutes to share with the person next to you about the relationship between the roles you’ve identified:
        • What roles do you savor, and want to encourage?
        • What roles do you feel burdened by, and want to let go of?
        • What emerging roles are you excited about? Are they in anyway linked to your “wished for” roles?
    • Roles
        • This exercise represents the complexity of the lives of our students.
        • Our “matched” programs seek to help them find integration.
    • Personal and Professional Assessment - PLA
      • Adult learners are not “blank slates”
      • Typically done at the beginning of a student’s entry into Marylhurst
      • Students can earn credit for college-level learning that has resulted from their varied experiences – up to 45 credits
      • Requires reflection and articulation of knowledge, linked to academic theory
    • Marylhurst’s PLA Program
      • LRN 150 (1 credit):
      • Learning Assessment Workshop
      • LRN 305 (6 credits):
      • PLA Seminar ~ From Experience to Learning
      • LRN 311, 312, 003 (varying credits):
      • PLA Tutorials
      • Compile and submit final PLA Portfolio for transcription
    • Professional Development
      • Recent student survey:
        • Primary motivation for degree completion is related to career: career advancement and/or career change
      • 2 illustrations
        • Christine T.
        • Alex C.
    • The Match - Revisited
      • Themes We’ve Explored
        • Reflection & Assessment
        • Life and Career Roles & Transitions
        • Articulating Knowledge & Skills
        • Aligning Education to Personal & Professional Goals
        • Prior Learning & New Learning
        • Integration of Liberal Arts & Professional Education
      • An Example Tool
        • Assessment Chronolog – for PLA and Professional Development
    • Institutional Possibilities
      • Think about your own institutional possibilities for program “matches” that can help support and serve mid-life adult learners:
        • What programs might currently exist that could be matched?
          • Consider events, courses, programs, etc.
        • What new programs could be developed to create matches?
          • Consider events, courses, programs, etc.
    • Session Reflections
      • As time will allow, please feel free to share your reflections, ideas, or questions with the whole group.
      • Please complete an evaluation of this session.
      THANKS FOR JOINING US!