ERIC Number: ED259100
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Recruitment and Retention of Adult Basic Education Students. NAAESC Occasional Papers, Volume 1, Number 3.
Ideally, the total adult basic education (ABE) staff--administrators, support staff, and instructors--promote recruitment and retention activities. To aid recruitment the total staff should become well known in the community and work closely with community groups, provide tours and an open house, offer student orientation, recruit honestly and realistically, and maintain contacts with referring agencies. Administrators can aid retention by making program goals and objectives clear to staff and students, familiarizing students and staff with the language of ABE, having experienced staff provide new staff orientation, providing frequent staff development activities and meetings, getting to know students, using an advisory council, including students and staff in decision making, and being aware of staff educational and personal backgrounds. Support staff should present a friendly, helpful attitude when dealing with the public, be familiar with program goals and community contacts, promote the program, and treat students with respect. To aid retention instructors should tailor instruction to students, realize that the instructor sets the climate in the classroom, be a good listener, and allow open discussion. "Project PASSAGES-II," a retention project in Illinois, improved retention through increased orientation and optional activities planned, in part, by the students. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Northern Illinois Univ., DeKalb. Northern Area Adult Education Service Center.