ERIC Number: ED235387
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Financing Adult Learning: Spotlight on the States.
Kurland, Norman D.; And Others
Designed to help state policymakers examine issues regarding the financing of adult learning and make decisions, this paper begins by outlining five positions on state financing: laissez faire, forced retrenchment, voluntary retrenchment, decentralized control of funding, and centralized control of funding. Collection of information on current allocation of resources is then discussed. Three charts are provided that can be used to relate five broad types of learning to (1) types of learning, sources of support, and public funding mechanisms; (2) types of learning and types of providers; and (3) types of learning and learner characteristics. The history, current status, and future prospects of federal funding are reviewed to help policymakers assess the need for state action in response to a changing federal role. Consideration is given to the issues and tradeoffs necessary to decide on the extent of the future state role in financing adult learning. Traditional and proposed new funding mechanisms are examined, and their advantages and disadvantages are explored. The final section of the paper provides an example of how policymakers can use the charts and presentations presented in previous sections to explore systematically the state role in financing a specific type of adult learning--basic education for adults. Appendixes include a chronology of federal support and a taxonomy of traditional funding mechanisms. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Education, Decision Making, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Federal Aid, Government Role, Lifelong Learning, Resource Allocation, State Action, State Aid, State Government
Publications Dept., Education Commission of the States, 1860 Lincoln Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80295 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Education Improvement Center.
Note: For related documents, see CE 037 141 and CE 037 335-337. Produced as part of the Lifelong Learning Project. Administered in cooperation with the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO).