Adult Education Bulletin  
 July 7, 2011
Vol. 1, Issue 30
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Report predicts job market will force more adults back to school
According to a new report from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), titled “Not Just Kids Stuff Anymore: The Economic Imperative for More Adults to Complete College,” employer demand for college-educated workers will rise 16 percent by 2018. The report states, “Congress, state governments and colleges can all support adult credential completion by recognizing that adult students are a substantial and growing share of the undergraduate student population and adjusting policies accordingly.”

Planned job offers to recent college graduates up 19.3% from last year
While employer recruiting at college campuses has not returned to pre-recession levels, major corporations are starting to hire new college graduates again. For instance, Bank of America intends to offer jobs to 1,300 recent graduates this year, which is 10-15% more offers than the previous two years, but still remains close to their numbers for 2008, when hiring dropped 20% nationwide.

U.S. employers encounter "skills gap" with available workforce
According to a recent report from the Pathways to Prosperity Project at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, a "forgotten half" of young adults are unprepared to enter the workforce. These individuals often do not have a high school diploma or cannot afford to finish college. Those who do attend college discover that their degrees do not match employer demand. In response, states and non-profit institutions are working to encourage dialogue between colleges and employers, and to set aside funds for vocational training and apprenticeship programs.

Universities outsource instructors via virtual classrooms
Instructional outsourcing using e-learning platforms is becoming increasingly popular at college and university campuses across the country. Daniel Hurley, Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, comments, "Given the significant reduction in state support for public education, compounded by the fact institutions need to maintain quality programs, we are going to see additional innovative attempts at partnerships that will address both issues of being able to provide cost-efficient programs that are high quality."


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