ERIC Number: ED288065
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
State Funding of Non-Credit Postsecondary Education and Training for Adults.
Warren, William H.
Responding to an inquiry from a state that does not fund noncredit instruction but that is under pressure to reconsider its position, the American Council on Education conducted a survey to determine what states fund noncredit postsecondary education for adults and what types of training are funded. In the spring and summer of 1986, two questionnaires were addressed to the states. The first, to the state higher education executive officer, asked about state funding for noncredit courses in the state's colleges and universities. The second questionnaire was sent to the Office of the Governor in each state and sought to broaden the scope of the inquiry by asking if the state provided any funding for the instruction of adults in noncredit courses at the postsecondary level. Forty-one of the 50 states responded to the first questionnaire, and 35 to the second; all but 3 states replied to one or the other. The study found that 29 states (almost 60 percent) fund some kind of noncredit, postsecondary education or training for adults. However, these efforts were scattered and often dependent on federal funds. Programs funded by the states could be grouped in five general areas: general public education, occupational skill improvement, economic development, targeted populations, and comprehensive solutions. Most courses and programs are being delivered by the existing public postsecondary institutions. (This report summarizes state-funded postsecondary educational efforts by the states. Also included is a table that presents an overview of state-funded, noncredit, postsecondary education and training programs for adults.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Programs, Disabilities, Disadvantaged, Dislocated Workers, Displaced Homemakers, Economic Development, Job Training, Noncredit Courses, Postsecondary Education, State Aid, State Programs
American Council on Education Commission on Higher Education and the Adult Learner, 10840 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 203, Columbia, MD 21044 ($2.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Commission on Higher Education and the Adult Learner, Columbia, MD.