The Center for Adult Learning In Louisiana

Serves older students with some college experience.  This is an online program that includes accelerated classes and increased student support.  From The Advocate.

Colleges seek older students
Now, CALL and the Louisiana Board of Regents are moving forward with a stronger push to bring more adults back to college. CALL started more than three years ago, but it is just beginning to expand statewide after initially operating only as a pilot program within Northwestern State and Bossier Parish Community College.

Thus far, CALL has expanded to Southeastern Louisiana University, McNeese State University, the University of Louisiana at Monroe and LSU at Eunice with 20 online degree programs offered overall. CALL degree programs range from a criminal justice bachelor’s degree program at McNeese to the bachelor’s in nursing program at Southeastern.

The Board of Regents sponsored an Adult Learner Summit recently at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center that attracted about 150 education officials statewide.
Although four of the University of Louisiana System’s nine universities participate, CALL Executive Director Luke Dowden said a UL System “consortia degree” is in the works as well. “It’s nine institutions and one degree,” he said.

Thus far, the CALL program has graduated 471 students. But Dowden and state Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell want to dramatically increase their reach for potential adult students.
Dowden admits the CALL program requirements have made a lot of colleges reluctant to participate. CALL requires its program to be offered online, to have mostly accelerated classes, and to offer learning assessments and student support services. “Those are major leaps for some institutions,” he said.


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