We are pleased to announce our membership in the International Council for Adult Education

The Coalition of Lifelong Learning Organizations (COLLO) was started decades ago as a coalition of organizations working to advance adult and lifelong learning. We have brought together leaders of these organizations to advance knowledge, find common ground, and take collective action to benefit adult learners in areas like access, cost, and removal of barriers to participation in education at all levels.

With the growing importance of adult and continuing education to the United States, COLLO provides a forum for:

COLLO has achieved these goals through awareness building, advocacy, input on and support of legislation at the state and national levels and in collective action where consensus can be achieved.

Next Meeting: October 7, 2013


One DuPont Circle
Washington, DC

Conference Center, Room A


Please use the following link to register for the Meeting:



A Symposium on the Resurgence of Prior Learning


9:00 am – 9:30 am

Light Breakfast

9:30 am – 9:45 am

Welcome and Introductions

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition Overview

Lennox McLendon, COLLO President

9:45 am – 11:15 am

Colleague Panel: Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition From your Perspective:

  • Is recognition for prior learning experiencing a revival, and if so why?
  • What is new about prior learning?
  • How is prior learning recognized?
    • Badges, certifications, non-degree credentials, higher education, industry credentials, and others


  • Alan Tuckett
    • President, International Council on Adult Education
  • Mary Beth Lakin
    • Director, College and University Partnerships
    • Center for Education Attainment and Innovation
    • American Council on Education
  • Mary Alice McCarthy
    • Until Recently
      • Office of Vocational and Adult Education
      • US Department of Education
    • Currently
      • Senior Policy Analyst for Education Policy
      • New America Foundation
  • Patricia Lynott
    • Provost, Southern New Hampshire University
  • Laura Winters
    • Senior Project Director, LearningCounts.org
    • Center for Adult Experiential Learning

11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Participant Dialogue

  • Participants’ discussion of prior learning recognition in their organizations
  • Dialogue with Panel Colleagues and Participants

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm


12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Competency-Based Learning Recognition

  • Nan Travers, Director of College Wide Academic Reviews
  • Amy McQuigge, Director for Open Learning, Empire State College

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Strategy Session

  • How do we work together to build support for prior learning recognition?
  • What access points are available to us?
    • Upcoming legislation
    • Champions in Congress
    • Champions in the Administration

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Thoughts on Future Lifelong Learning Symposia Topics

Member Organizations