ERIC Number: ED485237
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Reference Count: 8
Targeting the Adult Learning Challenge in SREB States. Challenge to Lead
Mingle, James R.; Birkes, Angela Y.
Southern Regional Education Board
Why is adult education so important? Simply put, social and economic progress in the South rest on the foundation of education. While we improve elementary, middle and high schools to prepare the next generation of workers, we also continuously must shape today's work force for today's economy. In response to this need, Southern Regional Education Board, SREB, is launching the regional Adult Learning Campaign, which is designed to increase adults' participation in postsecondary education.National and regional studies have identified common barriers that many adults face in going or returning to college. For example, adults who performed poorly in high school often are fearful about returning to school to complete high school equivalency credentials. Many adults, particularly in areas with high unemployment, see no economic advantage in gaining additional education. Others believe that the cost of college is out of their reach or that they cannot afford the time away from work and family to pursue their studies. College schedules often do not fit with work schedules, and the lack of affordable child care is a major barrier for many adults. Some of these barriers are real; others stem from a lack of good information. Whatever the case, adult participation in education and training in SREB states remains below the national average. To reach and exceed this average, SREB states need to reduce or eliminate the barriers.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.