Pamela Tate

President and CEO at the Council for Adult Experiential Learning

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Since becoming president and CEO of CAEL in 1990, Pamela Tate has become nationally and internationally recognized for her work within the higher education, public and private sectors to make it easier for adults to get the education and training they need to succeed and to remain employable.

She is known for helping colleges and universities develop prior learning assessment programs and improve the quality of their services for working learners. Tate has worked with employers on tuition assistance policy, implementation of career and educational advising for employees, and exemplary practices in employee learning and development. She has led CAEL to develop projects that unite business, government, labor and postsecondary education to address workforce skill shortages – resulting in industry-sponsored degree and certificate programs online, industry-wide career pathways programs and regional lifelong learning and talent development initiatives. As a presenter, she is sought out for her vision and insights into adult learning and workforce development and their vital relationship to the future of the economy.

In 1996, Tate was acknowledged for a career devoted to expanding lifelong educational opportunities for adults with Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, conferred by SUNY Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She also received honorary doctorate degrees in humane letters from DePaul University’s School for New Learning in 2005 and Thomas Edison State College in 2007. In 2011, she received the Doctor of Public Service honoris causa from St. Leo University. In 2013, Tate received the President’s Medal from Excelsior College in recognition of her dedication to opportunities for adult learners.

Tate serves on the board of trustees for Excelsior College, and is a member of the Commission on Quality Assurance and Alternative Higher Education, formed by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Tate completed doctoral coursework at the University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School of Communications, and earned master’s degrees in English and journalism from the University of Illinois at Champaign.