ERIC Number: ED326625
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Participation in Adult Basic and Secondary Education 1985.
Pugsley, Ronald S.
This document reports the trends in participation in adult basic education and secondary education programs from 1968 through 1985 in 11 charts and 8 tables. It also summarizes trends for the 18 years of that period and for program year 1985. According to the summaries, during fiscal years 1968 through 1985, more than 27 million persons received training under the Adult Education Act. Enrollments in the last 3 years were noticeably higher than in the preceding 3 years; more than 29 percent of the total number of participants for the period enrolled during 1983-85. Women consistently were the majority of those served by adult basic education programs, with enrollments reaching the highest level of male participation in 1985. Total annual spending increased from $40 million in 1968 to $325 million in 1985--an increase of 160 percent in constant 1985 dollars. During this 18-year period, the federal share increased 5 percent in constant dollars, while the state and local share increased 656 percent. Since 1976 the federal share has decreased 13 percent and the state/local share has increased 221 percent in constant dollars. In program year 1985, adult education programs funded under the Adult Education Act served more than 2.8 million persons, an increase of almost 11 percent over the previous year. Four states account for 64 percent of the enrollment: California, Florida, Texas, and New York. Women continued to make up more than half of the enrollment. The two largest age groups in 1985 were 16-24 and 25-44. Approximately 31 percent of those enrolled left before completion. In 1985, more than 65,000 persons were employed in adult basic or secondary education; most were part time or volunteers. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Washington, DC. Div. of Adult Education.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Adult Education Act 1966