ERIC Number: ED396170
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
School Enrollment after Age 25. Issues in Labor Statistics. Summary 95-8.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington, DC.
The number of persons aged 25-64 enrolled in school has increased dramatically between 1978 and 1993, but it is not clear that these adult students are reacting to labor market incentives to a much greater extent than before. The data indicate that most of the increase in the number of older persons enrolled in school results from a rise in the size of that population, not from rising rates of enrollment. On the other hand, increases have occurred in enrollment rates of women between the ages of 25 and 54. Since the late 1970s, women have made up the majority of older students. From 1978 to 1993, the proportion of women aged 25-64 who were attending school climbed from 4.0 to 5.1 percent, whereas that for men slipped from 3.9 to 3.7 percent. In 1993, adults who had college degrees or had completed some college were more likely to be enrolled than high school graduates or those with less education. Professionals and managers were overrepresented among adult students; blue-collar workers were underrepresented. (KC)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington, DC.