Across the nation and our state, many adults have advanced skills and knowledge but lack postsecondary credentials. In our state alone, there are nearly 600,000 working-age adults (age 25-49) lacking a degree or certificate with workplace value. Simultaneously, employers are increasingly in need of employees with higher education. By 2020, experts project that over 60 percent of Kansas jobs will require some form of postsecondary credential.
Foresight 2020 establishes the Board’s strategic goals for the Kansas higher education system including increasing the number of Kansas citizens with postsecondary degrees and credentials and aligning the system to better meet the needs of the Kansas economy.
Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) helps students accelerate completion of their degrees as evidenced by research from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). These studies suggest students who earn CPL demonstrate higher graduation rates, better persistence and shorter time to degree. Kansas postsecondary institutions are initiating campaigns to accomplish Foresight 2020 goals by actively pursuing adult learners who can benefit from a postsecondary credential. Many institutions are examining their standards and practice around Credit for Prior Learning. The Kansas Credit for Prior Learning Steering Committee has developed a guidebook to ensure consistent practices and quality standards are used across institutions. CPL awards credit for college-level equivalent knowledge and skills and includes credit evidenced by national standardized exams, military training transcripts, industry credentials, portfolios, and other methods.
Click here to review the Foresight 2020 report.