A Match.com for Mid-Life Adults in Higher Education Prior Learning Assessment & Career Planning and Development Presented ...
Agenda   <ul><li>About Us & About Marylhurst </li></ul><ul><li>Student Roles & Student Needs </li></ul><ul><li>Personal an...
About Us <ul><li>Melanie Booth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Director of Learning Assessment Center & Prior Learning Assessment Pr...
About Marylhurst University   <ul><li>Liberal Arts higher educational institution since 1893 </li></ul><ul><li>Lifelong le...
The Match <ul><li>Themes We’ll Explore </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflection & Assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Life and C...
Roles <ul><li>List current active roles (nouns) in the center of the circle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples: Mother, studen...
Roles <ul><li>Take a few minutes to share with the person next to you about the relationship between the roles you’ve iden...
Roles <ul><ul><li>This exercise represents the complexity of the lives of our students. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our “ma...
Personal and Professional Assessment - PLA <ul><li>Adult learners are not “blank slates” </li></ul><ul><li>Typically done ...
Marylhurst’s PLA Program <ul><li>LRN 150 (1 credit):  </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Assessment Workshop </li></ul><ul><li>LRN...
Professional Development <ul><li>Recent student survey: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Primary motivation for degree completion is ...
The Match - Revisited <ul><li>Themes We’ve Explored </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflection & Assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
Institutional Possibilities <ul><li>Think about your own institutional possibilities for program “matches” that can help s...
Session Reflections <ul><li>As time will allow, please feel free to share your reflections, ideas, or questions with the w...
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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 Retention Conference, Portland, OR.

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

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

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