Advancing Learning for Our Diverse Adult Population

March 3, 2010
Washington, D.C.


Many of the nation's heterogeneous population of nearly 240 million adults are considered to be adult learners. They are engaged in a variety of learning activities, including basic skills, literacy, vocational or general education, professional development and workforce training.

Highlights from the symposium can be found in the Spring 2010 issue of ETS Policy Notes – Addressing Achievement Gaps: Advancing Learning for Our Diverse Adult Population (PDF) (Vol. 18, No. 2).

ETS's Addressing Achievement Gaps Symposium "Advancing Learning for Our Diverse Adult Population" concentrated on ways to improve educational attainment levels, ideas for closing achievement gaps and suggestions for research, practice, assessment and public policy. This event was co-sponsored by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and the American Association of Community Colleges.

This symposium focsed on:

  • Examining the demographics, education, skills and workforce readiness of adults
  • Accounting for alternative types of adult education and training
  • Promoting innovations in private sector and government policies
  • Recognizing multiple needs, levels and markets for adult learning


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