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ERIC Number: ED508706
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 37
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 59
Adult Literacy and Postsecondary Education Students: Overlapping Populations and Learning Trajectories
Reder, Stephen
Office of Educational Research and Improvement
In this chapter, the author explores the overlap between adult literacy programs and community colleges by examining the literacy skills of postsecondary education students, the remedial/developmental programs that serve them, and the effectiveness of these programs and adult basic education in helping students succeed. As he notes, to obtain livable incomes, most individuals need to obtain both postsecondary credentials and relatively high levels of literacy proficiency. He thus presents a series of data describing the literacy proficiency of postsecondary students across a range of less than two-year, two-year, and four-year settings, with particular attention to General Educational Development (GED) recipients pursuing postsecondary education. Among his findings, he shows that nearly one in four (22 percent) of the nation's college students seeking academic degrees lacks the literacy skills to meet the designated national benchmark for adult literacy. He provides evidence to show the importance of developmental education opportunities for students to raise their basic skill levels at the postsecondary level. He also discusses outcomes for postsecondary students across settings and notes the difficulty of adequately assessing the impact of remedial/developmental education on student outcomes. (Contains 15 notes.) [Chapter 4 in Annual Review of Adult Learning and Literacy. Volume 1; copublished with Jossey-Bass, Inc.; see ED436673.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests; National Adult Literacy Survey (NCES)