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ERIC Number: EJ979932
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0194-3081
Why Applied Baccalaureates Appeal to Working Adults: From National Results to Promising Practices
Bragg, Debra; Ruud, Collin
New Directions for Community Colleges, n158 p73-85 Sum 2012
Looking beyond institutional strategies, the National Commission on Adult Literacy (2008) called for legislation that would make workforce preparation the primary goal of adult education, including addressing education for unemployed and lower-skilled workers, and other adult groups historically underserved by higher education. Further, state higher education boards are encouraging institutions to support increased adult enrollment, and federal policymakers and philanthropic organizations like Lumina Foundation for Education are promoting policies that award credentials to adults who return to college with some credit. Understanding the ways higher education can further support adult learners is a priority among all of these groups, and one of several reasons for the bright spotlight on applied baccalaureate degrees. Mindful that applied baccalaureate degrees often have as their target audience adults who consider themselves workers first and students second, this chapter defines the AB degree, offers insights into why they are important, and presents results of a state-by-state inventory highlighting applied baccalaureate degree programs in Oklahoma and Washington. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma; Washington