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October 30, 2014 07:00 ET

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning International Conference Packed With Powerful Presentations

Leading Education Scholars and Experts Offer Guidance, Opinions to Help Adult Learning Professionals

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - October 30, 2014) - The 2014 Council For Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) International Conference, "Mobilize Learners - Revolutionize Assessment," to be held November 12-14, 2014, at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers in Chicago, IL will feature presentations by education experts from across the country, CAEL CEO and President Pamela Tate announced today. "We're so proud to have this line up of scholars and experts share their wisdom and experience with us this year. The sessions they'll lead are quite simply not to be missed by anyone in the education community who is interested in the future of adult learning in America," said Tate.

Among the speakers:

Nat Irvin, Professor of Management Practice, College of Business, University of Louisville, will be the Opening Plenary and Keynote Address Speaker on Wednesday, November 12 at 9:00 a.m. Dr. Irvin is an author, innovator, futurist, teacher and commentator and the Woodrow M. Strickler Executive in Residence, Professor of Management Practice, College of Business, at the University of Louisville where he has taught change management, leadership, future studies, and team dynamics since 2007. 

Dr. Irvin is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and a Master's degree in Media Arts. An accomplished composer, he also holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Music Composition from the University of North Texas and is a graduate of the Institute for Educational Management, Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Paul LeBlanc will serve as the moderator for the General Session Panel: "CAEL Through the Decades," on Thursday, November 13 from 8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Dr. LeBlanc is President of Southern New Hampshire University and Chairman of CAEL's Board of Trustees. Under the eight years of his direction, SNHU has more than doubled in size and is the largest provider of online higher education in New England. In 2012, the university was ranked number 12 on Fast Company magazine's "World's Fifty Most Innovative Companies" list and was the only university included. SNHU has been recognized by the Gates Foundation as a "Beating the Odds" school for its innovative programming to increase graduation rates and productivity; has been named to The Chronicle's "Best Colleges to Work For" list every year since the listing was created and, in 2011, was named to the Honor Roll. The University also earned a Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement classification in 2010; moved from Tier 3 to Tier 1 for regional universities in the US News and World Report ranking; and had its credit rating upgraded by S&P amidst the 2008 recession.

Mike Goldstein will be the moderator of the Wednesday, Nov 12 4-5 p.m. General Session Panel: "Sharing Birthdays: CAEL and the Higher Education Act Turn 40."

Mr. Goldstein is a partner in the Cooley, LLP, Business Department and co-chair of the firm's Higher Education practice group. He was the founder and co-chair of the Higher Education industry practice at Dow Lohnes, which merged with Cooley in 2014. He has been a pioneer in the development and rational regulation of higher education and online learning, and in the creation of innovative approaches to combining the resources and interests of the non-profit, public and for-profit postsecondary communities. Mr. Goldstein has been named in Best Lawyers in America for Education Law and recognized in Washington, DC Super Lawyers for Schools and Education. Prior to joining Dow Lohnes, he was Assistant City Administrator and Director of University Relations in the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York, and then served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Urban and Governmental Affairs and Associate Professor of Urban Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his B.A. from Cornell University and his J.D. from New York University.

Dewayne Matthews is the speaker at the opening day luncheon on Wednesday, November 12. Vice President of Strategy Development of Lumina Foundation. Matthews has served in a variety of higher education leadership roles, including Senior Adviser to the President and Vice President of the Education Commission of the States (ECS), Director of Programs and Services for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), and Executive Director of the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education. He has been a legislative staff member, faculty member and university trustee, and has worked with higher education institutions in Mexico, Canada, and Japan. He began his career as a first-grade teacher in Taos, N.M.

Matthews is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and earned a master's degree in bilingual education at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M. He earned a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies at Arizona State University and received an honorary doctor of humane letters from Marycrest International University.

Dr. George Pruitt is among the panelists for the General Session Panel: "CAEL Through the Decades," on Thursday, November 13 from 8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Dr. Pruitt has been President of Thomas Edison State College since 1982. Prior to coming to the College, he served in executive leadership positions at Illinois State University, Towson State University, Morgan State University, Tennessee State University, and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). He was the chair of the CAEL Board (1986-87). In a study of presidential leadership funded by the Exxon Education Foundation, Dr. Pruitt was identified as one of the most effective college presidents in the United States. 

Dr. Pruitt is also active in the formulation of educational policy nationally and within the State of New Jersey. He consults widely in business and government, as well as within the higher education community. Additionally, he has served in an advisory capacity to five Secretaries of Education under three Presidents of both parties. He is the recipient of five honorary degrees in addition to numerous awards, honors, and commendations.

Concluded Tate, "These incredibly talented leaders in the adult education community have shown the way to all of us and continue to do so by their willingness to participate in CAEL's 2014 International Conference. Each of them has served in a unique and indispensable way throughout their careers and we're grateful to them."

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The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization based in Chicago, Illinois that assists adults with their educational endeavors, finding practical ways to earn college credit for learning acquired through training and work experiences. CAEL works with the public sector, private sector industries and higher education institutions to ensure that adult students receive the most efficient training and education to occupy a meaningful professional place in a 21st century economy. Since 1974, CAEL has assisted colleges and universities in providing college credit for prior learning. CAEL is the recognized national expert on a method known as portfolio assessment, and their Ten Standards for Assessing Learning are used by colleges and universities, as well as accrediting organizations, across the country.

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