Declining Enrollment in Federally Funded Adult Education: Critical Questions for the Field

Summer 2022



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Author(s): Amy Pickard Indiana University

This essay highlights the decline in enrollment in federally funded adult basic education (ABE), adult secondary education (ASE), and adult English Language (EL) programs.

The data shows a consistent and significant decrease in the number of adults participating in these programs since the 1990s, with a notable decline of 65.8% in ABE/ASE enrollment and 49.2% in EL enrollment since the standardized reporting began in the year 2000-2001.

The article aims to draw attention to the long-term nature of these trends, raise important questions, and encourage further exploration and discussion on the topic.

ALE Journal Volume 4, Issue 2

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