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ERIC Number: ED506594
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct-18
Pages: 38
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Policies to Promote Adult Education and Postsecondary Alignment
Strawn, Julie
National Commission on Adult Literacy (NJ1)
This Policy Brief is intended to help the National Commission on Adult Literacy consider state and federal policy strategies that hold promise for increasing the number of lower-skilled adults, including those with limited English skills, who earn postsecondary credentials that can open the door to family-supporting jobs and careers. It examines obstacles to moving toward this goal--with major attention to lack of alignment between federal and state adult education efforts, job training services, and postsecondary education policies. It also draws attention to the financial, personal, and family challenges that prevent adults from seeking and completing programs. Section 1 summarizes the research on why adult and postsecondary education should focus more on helping lower-skilled adults earn marketable postsecondary credentials. Section 2 describes some of the key policy challenges to achieving this goal. Section 3 discusses some current state policy innovations related to these challenges and makes recommendations for state and federal policy changes that could help more lower-skilled adults earn marketable postsecondary credentials. (Contains 1 figure, 2 footnotes, and 81 endnotes.)
National Commission on Adult Literacy. Available from: Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy. 1221 Avenue of the Americas 46th Floor, New York, NY 10020. Tel: 212-512-2362; Fax: 212-512-2610; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Commission on Adult Literacy; Center for Law and Social Policy
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Workforce Investment Act 1998; Workforce Investment Act 1998 Title II