ERIC Number: EJ860771
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 29
Bridging the Great Divide: Approaches that Help Adults Navigate from Adult Education to College
Zafft, Cynthia K.
Adult Learning, v19 n1-2 p6-11 Win-Spr 2008
America is becoming a less educated nation (National Commission on Adult Literacy, 2008). While this is frequently measured through comparisons of the number of adults with college degrees, strategies to address sagging educational attainment statistics in the United States are typically focused on K-12 reforms--mostly through expanded definitions of college readiness. Creating a more robust definition of college readiness is important, yet K-12 efforts do not provide a model that supports adults attempting to access and succeed in college, especially first-time college-goers. Thinking in terms of college readiness for adults is particularly compelling for U.S. colleges and universities. Over 70% of current undergraduates are considered nontraditional: older students, parents (especially single parents), students who work fulltime, students who are financially independent, and/or students who come to college without a traditional high school diploma. This article addresses the need for support for participants transitioning from literacy programs into post-secondary education. The author examines a subset of nontraditional students--individuals from adult education programs, and describes a study of program models designed to better prepare adults for college.
Descriptors: Nontraditional Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Models, Educational Attainment, Adult Education, Adult Literacy, College Preparation, Adults, Statistics, Educational Change, Higher Education, Undergraduate Students, Adult Programs, Adult Basic Education, High School Equivalency Programs, English (Second Language), Accountability
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States