Colorado Adult Learning Symposium:

Join us for the third annual Colorado Adult Learning Symposium. The theme for this year’s Symposium is Minding the Gap. The Symposium will focus on two major topics within this theme:

  • Minding the gap between higher education and business
  • Minding the gap between college enrollment and completion


Friday, July 31, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

(Registration begins at 7:30 am)


Arapahoe Community College
5900 South Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, CO 80120
Main Building,
Multipurpose Area M1900

Register Here!

Click here to view breakout sessions and descriptions for session selection at registration.

Registration closes on July 23rd


$50 per person payable at the time of registration. Payment may be made by check or credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and Diners Club. Checks should be made payable to Regis University.

Who Should Attend:

The Colorado Adult Learning Symposium is attended by higher education faculty and administrators, employers, workforce developers, non-profit organizations working with adult learners, and policymakers from around the state who are interested in improving opportunity and success for adults in Colorado.


7:30 - 8:00 am:

Registration and Breakfast

8:00 - 8:15 am:


8:15 - 9:15 am:

Panel Discussion: Filling the Talent Pipeline: A Facilitated Conversation

9:30 - 10:30 am:

Breakout Sessions #1

10:45 - 11:45 am:

Breakout Sessions #2

12:00 - 1:00 pm:

Lunch and Keynote Speaker,
Kelly Brough

1:15 - 2:15 pm:

Breakout Sessions #3

2:30 - 3:30 pm:

Panel Discussion: Policy to Practice in Adult Learning

3:30 pm:



Highlights from the 2014 Colorado Adult Learning Symposium

On July 30, 2014, the Colorado Adult Learning Symposium: On the Road to Completion hosted 205 participants at Regis University.

  • A keynote address by Pamela Tate, CEO and President of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) presented a national perspective and look to the future through innovative strategies, research, and policy that supports adults in achieving success.
  • An engaging panel discussion sparked a conversation about adult learning in Colorado today and where we are headed in the future.  Panelist included:
    - Patricia Ladewig, Provost, Regis University
    - Betsy Oudenhoven President, Community College of Aurora
    - Ian Macgillivray, Assoc. Deputy Director of Academic Affairs, Colorado Department of Higher Education
    - David Longanecker, President, WICHE
    - Bruce Vandal, Vice President, Complete College America
  • Our colleagues from across Colorado presented 15 breakout sessions on innovative programs, teaching and learning strategies for adults,  road maps for completion, Colorado’s talent pipeline, competency-based education, veterans on campus, and successful collaboration in serving adult learners.

Highlights from the 2013 Colorado Adult Learning Symposium

On July 29th My Degree Matters Colorado (MDMCO), the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Regis University, and CAEL held the first Colorado Adult Learning Symposium: Moving the Tassel.

  • 186 participants from higher education, industry, community organizations, and the public sector gathered to discuss policy and practice for improved adult learning access and opportunity. Conversations centered on reverse transfer, competency-based education, veteran support, and assessment of prior learning.
  • Lt. Governor Joe Garcia was the morning's keynote speaker, and reminded attendees that, "Adult learners are an increasing proportion of our population.... We need to have a world-class workforce to fill the jobs of tomorrow; [in Colorado] we'll have fewer jobs than any other state that require just a high school education."
  • An opening panel, moderated by Dr. Geri Anderson, Vice President of the Colorado Community College System, set the stage for the day. Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker, CSU Global; Dr. Chari Leader Kelley, CAEL; Alison Griffin, Miles Above Strategies; and Dr. Vicki Golich, Metropolitan State University of Denver gave an overview of adult learning in Colorado and across the country.
  • A Town Hall, moderated by Dr. Roxanne Gonzales of Regis University, closed the session. Participants discussed maintaining momentum, potential next steps, and ideas for future events.

We look forward to receiving your proposal, and seeing you in July!

Photos c/o Brett Stakelin/Regis University