portrait of Donna Younger

Donna Younger

For over thirty years, Donna Younger has served as a practitioner, consultant, and researcher in the field of adult learning and development, with particular emphasis on assessment. As a consultant for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), Donna has worked to train practitioners in prior learning assessment and has consulted with two- and four-year institutions in designing policies and systems to support PLA. Most recently, she served as the PLA coach for Arkansas institutions participating in the Complete College America grant. Her work as a PLA practitioner began as a faculty member at DePaul University’s School for New Learning soon after completing an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on adult development at the University of Memphis. Donna’s research in assessment has focused primarily on the development of assessment abilities in faculty and in identifying qualities and principles of effective and ethical assessment in the field adult learning.