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ERIC Number: ED538043
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Adult Education and Economic Growth Act: Toward a Modern Adult Education System and a More Educated Workforce. [Updated]
Foster, Marcie
Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP)
The Adult Education and Economic Growth Act (AEEGA) was introduced in the House of Representatives in June 2011 by Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15) and in February 2012 in the Senate by Sen. Jim Webb (VA). The Act (H.R. 2226 and S. 2117) would amend the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to encourage the use and availability of career pathways for low-skilled adults, strengthen the focus of adult education on postsecondary and career success, increase the number of adult education students receiving marketable postsecondary credentials, and modernize the adult education system to meet the needs of 21st century jobs. Although AEEGA could substantially improve WIA--particularly the Title II provisions that govern adult education--it could be strengthened by incorporating stronger provisions that promote better alignment between WIA Titles I and II, including a shared system of accountability. By 2018, economists predict that 63 percent of jobs will require a postsecondary education, yet, today, only 55 percent of adults have at least some college education. A growing wage gap between higher- and lower-educated workers also increases the urgency of helping workers access further education and training. Lower-educated workers are more likely to earn lower wages, be unemployed, have children who do not go to college, and have health problems that impact their longevity and economic well-being. AEEGA addresses these challenges by raising expectations for the adult education system from one that simply helps adults gain basic literacy or a secondary school diploma to one that helps adults get on a sustainable path to postsecondary and career success. It shifts the goals and purpose of adult education from a focus on receipt of a high school diploma or GED to a focus on postsecondary access and success. To fulfill this new purpose, AEEGA focuses on improvements in four main areas: (1) strengthening the focus on postsecondary "transition and success" for students at every basic skill level; (2) encouraging the use and availability of career pathways for low-skilled adults; (3) improving the likelihood that adult education students and individuals in workforce training will earn credentials as a result of their program; and (4) modernizing adult education delivery systems to align with 21st century technology and skill demands. (Contains 4 footnotes.) [For previous edition, see ED538032.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Social Policy
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Workforce Investment Act 1998