Colorado Adult Learning Symposium 2014:


By 2018, over 65% of job vacancies in Colorado will require a postsecondary credential.  Today, over 23% of Coloradans have some college, but no degree. What can you do to help them on the road to completion, to improve career prospects and secure a financial future?  Come join as we gather to discuss innovative education pathways for Colorado’s current and potential adult students.

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.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014
9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Registration begins at 8 a.m.


Regis University, North Denver (Lowell) campus
3333 Regis Blvd.
Denver, CO 80221
Claver Hall, Mountain View Room

Registration begins May 1, 2014. Check in at

Proposal notifications

The Colorado Adult Learning Symposium is reviewing proposals for the 2014 conference to be
held Wednesday July 30, 2014 at Regis University in Denver, CO. Notifications will be delivered
on April 18, 2014.

Conference themes for this year include:

  • Innovations and Trends
  • Policy
  • Best Practices
  • Partnerships

Within these themes, facilitators can choose topics pertinent to adult learners who are working to engage in and complete post-secondary education and training.  For example, you might want to present about Veteran’s programs in light of the credit for prior learning innovations currently emerging from colleges around the country.

Some trending topics:

  • Veterans support
  • Competency Based Education
  • Credit for Prior Learning
  • Course delivery methods
  • Industry and school partnerships

Proposals will be evaluated based on their specific topic and current criticality to adult learning. Facilitators should be prepared to lead an interactive discussion of their topic with interested participants. Particular weight will be given to those proposals that plan to use innovative adult learning pedagogies.

Sessions will be one hour in length or less, and can be facilitated by one or two people.

The application is required for each proposal and should be sent to email your application no later than APRIL 1, 2014 (No foolin!)

A Symposium committee will meet to review all proposals. You will be notified as to the status of your proposal no later than April 18, 2014.

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


Highlights from the 2013 Colorado Adult Learning Symposium

Photos c/o Brett Stakelin/Regis University

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.