ERIC Number: ED266284
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Basic Skills: Business/Union Connection. Revised.
Mark, Jorie Lester; Murphy, Garrett
A study examined the affiliations between adult basic education programs and business, industry, and unions in the 50 States and the District of Columbia. Of the 47 state directors of adult education who returned the mail questionnaire, 31 reported formal affiliations and 5 reported informal affiliations with businesses and/or unions in their states. Together, the 31 states with local affiliations between adult education and business/unions work with more than 4,000 companies and/or unions. Some states reported as few as 3 affiliations and one reported 1,069 cooperative activities. The programs mentioned were mostly funded by Adult Education Act monies, with business and industry budgets contributing the second largest portion of funds. Business and industry were said to contribute the following in their partnerships with adult education: space, equipment, dollars, counseling, and staff. The state directors surveyed were enthusiastic about their business and union connections. The instructional partnerships mentioned were predominantly in the areas of adult basic education (ABE), high school equivalency and English as a second language (ESL). Problems cited dealt mainly with difficulties in getting companies to provide programming on company time and in company space and in customizing training. (This report includes the survey instrument and a table summarizing data concerning the affiliations reported by the responding states.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Basic Skills, Cooperative Planning, Cooperative Programs, Educational Benefits, Educational Cooperation, Educational Planning, Labor Force Development, National Surveys, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, School Business Relationship, Skill Development, Unions
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Prepared for the Council of State Directors of Adult Education.