To Ensure American's Future: Building a National Opportunity System for Adults

To Ensure American's Future: Building a National Opportunity System for Adults

Of the 30 to 50 million adults in the United States with low basic skills, only 3 million take advantage of adult education programs. To provide more people with education and training, close the skills gap, and create a pathway from adult education to postsecondary education, the Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy urges institutions, educators, and government policy makers to forge stronger links between adult education and community colleges. In its report To Ensure America's Future: Building a National Opportunity System for Adults (executive summary, 14 pages, PDF; full document, 117 pages, PDF), the council recommends that community colleges, almost half of which offer adult education, treat it as a core rather than a peripheral service; give adult education students the same quality support services, facilities, faculty, and status provided to other students; and create curricula to channel them smoothly through adult education programs, including English as a second language, into postsecondary education.