Adult education

The Ticktock of the Welfare Clock

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Proposed legislation would allow recipients to count up to 2 years of postsecondary education as "work," up from the current limit of 1 year.

Profiling the Certificate Student

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They are young, career-oriented and not necessarily in it for personal enrichment, a survey finds.

The 'Prior Learning' Edge

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With the number of high school-aged Americans beginning to ebb, President Obama's goal of dramatically increasing the number of U.S. citizens with postsecondary credentials is going to be impossible to achieve without significantly more adults returning to and graduating from college.

'Harnessing America's Wasted Talent'

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Peter P. Smith's career in and out of higher education has not followed the straight and narrow.

Amid forays into politics (as a member of Congress and lieutenant governor of Vermont) and international affairs (at UNESCO), Smith has been a higher education innovator, helping to found the statewide Community College of Vermont in 1970 and serving for 10 years as founding president of California State University's Monterey Bay campus, beginning in 1995.

The Specialists

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Is the “bundled” model of higher education outdated?

Some higher-ed futurists think so. Choosing the academic program at a single university, they say, is a relic of a time before online education made it possible for a student in Oregon to take courses at a university in Florida if she wants.

Bilingual (Higher) Ed

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Puerto Rico’s Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez attracted thousands of adult students to an accelerated degree program, AHORA, by stressing the kind of flexibility and practicality that one would expect from a program called “now.”

But when administrators and faculty started considering how to expand into the continental United States they realized it wouldn’t work to simply shift their program a few hundred miles north.

A Jobs Mismatch

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WASHINGTON -- The United States economy is in serious danger from a growing mismatch between the skills that will be needed for jobs being created and the educational backgrounds (or lack thereof) of would-be workers. That is the conclusion of a mammoth analysis of jobs data being released today by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

Clean the Slate

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Grade forgiveness programs enjoy more attention as colleges welcome greater numbers of returning dropouts.

Guilford Grows Up

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Liberal arts college with Quaker roots doubles in size over last decade, largely due to surge in adult learners.

Limited Education Behind Bars

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Restricted Internet access and inadequate government funding hinder postsecondary programs in prisons and increase recidivism, report says.

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