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How is Your Adult Education Class Going?

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas, conducted focus group study of community college student persistence, Listen to Me. This study provided the first-hand experience of first-time community college students in the hopes of understanding why roughly 40% of college students drop out in the first year. Although this study focuses […]

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What is Hyflex anyway?

Check out Toward the Hybrid Future, the Minerva Project’s new white paper.  It discusses how to create expanded learning options for our non-traditional adult learners by combining synchronous, asynchronous, in-person, hybrid, flipped, and hyflex learning models. This report provides great definitions for all of the various combinations and includes findings that show student preferences and tolerance […]

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New Funding Model for Adult Ed?

The California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO), in their report Redesigning California’s Adult Education Funding Model (2022), outlines the drawbacks of the current model and makes recommendations for moving forward (see chart below). This report is a must read for anyone working in adult schools. It will be interesting to see how these recommendations impact future […]

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Show Us the Jobs!

California Competes, in their article, Barriers & Opportunities for Building Higher Education-Employer Partnerships (2022), found that educational leaders, policymakers and employers are increasingly recognizing the need to improve higher education-workforce alignment. After examining the results of interviews they conducted with stakeholders representing the higher education-workforce continuum, they determined that: The challenges to meaningful engagement include […]

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Integrating Digital Literacy Into English Language Instruction

Integrating Digital Literacy Into English Language Instruction LINCS, a U.S. Department of education initiative to expand evidence-based practices in the field of adult education, released an issue brief with strategies for integrating digital literacy into ESL classes. This brief discusses the importance and of digital literacy in helping students function and meaningfully participate in our […]

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Building College-Going Identities and Equitable Campus Culture Begins Everyday

Our conference keynote speaker, Michelle Knight-Manuel, co-authored the book Classroom Cultures. This book not only provides practical strategies for addressing equity, but also a clear connection between equitable classroom practices and fostering career and college-going identities for our students.  In this context, career and college discussions move away from end-of-term activities and become a part […]

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Adults need flexibility, resources to pursue higher education

Our LARAEC marketing consultant turned us on to a study conducted by Cal Matters which interviewed more than 1,000 adults without college degrees. This 2021 study showed that about “half of all California adults would be interested in taking some kind of college or adult career education if their concerns and barriers were removed (Allsop, […]

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