ERIC Number: ED369996
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Patterns and Predictors of Client Attendance. National Evaluation of Adult Education Programs. Third Interim Report.
Development Associates, Inc., Arlington, VA.
An evaluation described the patterns of attendance and the factors associated with the persistence of adult education clients during the first 12 months following their enrollment in federally supported adult education programs. Data were gathered from a sample of 16,754 persons who entered a program during the 1-year period beginning April 22, 1991. Findings indicated the following: about one-third of all new clients enrolled in September or October; 85 percent of enrollees actually began instruction; of those who began instruction, clients studying English as a second language received a median of 77 hours of instruction over 16 weeks, adult basic education clients--31 hours over 10 weeks, and adult secondary education clients--26 hours over 8 weeks; and 11 percent of all new enrollees continued into a second year of instruction. Newly enrolled clients were more likely to begin instruction if they were enrolled in smaller programs or programs that did not emphasize outreach and recruitment activities, had low costs per client seat hour, or had substantial integration of social services. Clients who attended for 12 hours or more and those who attended for fewer hours were largely indistinguishable. The strongest predictors of persistence were support services that clients actually use, receipt of instruction during the day, and the type of learning environment. (Appendixes include study objectives, data collection forms, bias control issues, logistic regression summary tables, and index.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Adult Education, Adult Programs, Attendance, Attendance Patterns, English (Second Language), Enrollment, Enrollment Trends, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, School Holding Power, Secondary Education, Student Attrition
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of the Under Secretary.
Authoring Institution: Development Associates, Inc., Arlington, VA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Adult Education Act