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  1. 1. 1Running Head: EDUCATION AS WE SEE IT Education As We See It Danielle Bryant AET/510 – Critical Issues and Trends in Adult Education and Training July 18, 2011 Derrick Morat
  2. 2. 2Running Head: EDUCATION AS WE SEE IT Education As We See ItIntroduction Enrollment for adult education can be very interesting as we view the trend that hasaffected the enrollment rate.The three articles will give us a general idea of what percentage ofpeople dealing with age, race and motives of being enroll in the adult education field. Thearticles will also give us a better understanding of how the U.S. rates in education compared toseveral countries. With the changes of life and economic hardship, adults have been challenge inseveral different ways to provide a stable and loving environment for their children. With theunemployment rate up and the increase in gas and food, some adults have second guess theirfutures and decided to look that the community college for a change of career.Article Layout While the community college enrollment has increase, America has a whole is not doingits best in the education area. For example, America is the only country where the youngergeneration is less educated than the younger generation. According to the Report of the NationalCommission on Adult Literacy, the U. S. ranks the lowest in the 30 OECD free-market countrieswhen it comes to education. It is questionable to say that the U. S. has drop the ball, when itcomes to education. In the past, the US was required people to have at least some post-secondaryeducation and occupational training to prepare them for the global world. Unfortunately, we asAmericans are not prepared for the global world. “With a current U.S. labor force of about 150million(16 and older), a troubling number of prime working age adults likely will fall behind intheir struggle to get higherwage jobs, or to qualify for the college courses or job training that
  3. 3. 3Running Head: EDUCATION AS WE SEE ITwill help them join or advance in jobs that pay a family-sustaining wage” (Report of the NationalCommission on Adult Literacy). Community college is sometime more popular for than the average four year college. It isconvenient for most adults due the accessibility and flexibility of the community college setting.According to the American Association of Community College, community college is known forserving over half of the undergraduate students in the United States, which accounts for 6.5million students. According to America Association of Community College, “Communitycolleges are the gateway to postsecondary education for many minority, low income, and first-generation postsecondary education students.” While the community college is open andavailable for all ages, the average community college student is twenty nine years old and twothirds attend part-time. In North Carolina, the enrollment status is as followed: 41% - Full-time 59% - Part-time 63% - Female 37% - Male 66% - Hispanic 24% - BlackAccording to the degree attainment chart from the American Association of Community College,38 percent has obtain their Associate Degree, 39 percent transferred to a four year college and42 percent obtained a certificate. According to The Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, Enrollment in U.S. schools is expected to grow in the coming years. From 2008 through 2020, public elementary and secondary enrollment is projected to
  4. 4. 4Running Head: EDUCATION AS WE SEE IT increase to 53 million students. Undergraduate enrollment is expected to increase from 17.6 million students in 2009 to 20.0 million in 2020. Enrollment in post baccalaureate programs is projected to increase through 2020 to 3.4 million students. These increases in enrollment will be accompanied by a growing diversity of students.AnalysisAccording to the text that has been reviewed, we can see that there is a major problem witheducation in America. We as Americans are not where we should be according to the statisticsgiven to us according to the National Commission of Adult Literacy. Even though, the statisticsshow that we are behind in education, the community college is still striving to be one of themost popular educational places for learning. We tend to seek this level of education due toseveral reasons, with number one reason, its flexible. We are still moving toward the goal ofimproving how one person lives at a time and one family at time.
  5. 5. 5Running Head: EDUCATION AS WE SEE IT ReferencesNational Commission on Adult Literacy. Available from: Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy. 1221 Avenue of the Americas 46th Floor, New York, NY 10020. Tel: 212-512- 2362; Fax: 212-512-2610; Web site: http://www.caalusa.orgResearch and Markets: The Survey of Adult & Continuing Education Programs in Higher Education, 2010 - Spending On Social Networking Sites Such As Facebook Was Minimal Business Wire (English), 01/24/2011The Conditions of Education. com. Attrieved July 16, 2011.