ERIC Number: ED240287
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov-1
Reference Count: 0
Adult Literacy in Utah: Even a Leader Has Unmet Needs.
Mangum, Garth L.
Despite the fact that, of all the 50 states, Utah has the highest percentage of state and local government expenditures for education and the highest proportion of adults who have graduated from high school, one out of every five adults in Utah lacks basic literacy skills. At present, the following adult literacy programs offer instruction in basic skills to Utah residents: a community education program, an adult high school program, an adult basic education program, an adult refugee education program, prevocational programs at five area vocational schools and two technical colleges, and a Job Training Partnership Act program. Although no single source of authority or responsibility for adult literacy programs exists in Utah, the quality of the individual programs is good. Serious logistical problems exist, however, in getting enough of the scattered population in rural areas together to conduct a program. An expanded adult literacy program would undoubtedly lower unemployment and raise earnings in Utah. With the state pressured to expand and improve schools and colleges, however, adult programs remain a low priority. (Eleven tables depicting program enrollment and impact data are appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Reading Programs, Basic Skills, Community Education, Demonstration Programs, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, High School Equivalency Programs, Learning Activities, Literacy Education, Postsecondary Education, Prevocational Education, Program Administration, Program Content, Program Design, Program Effectiveness, Refugees, Secondary Education, State Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Job Training Partnership Act 1982; National Adult Literacy Project; Utah
Note: Paper presented at the National Adult Literacy Conference (Washington, DC, January 19-20, 1984). Tables will not reproduce well. For other papers of the conference, see CE 038 127-139.