Adult Education in the United States

Adult Education Council of Finland USA Study Tour 2008

27-31.10.2008

Purpose:

The Fulbright Center in Finland, the Adult Education Council of Finland and the Institute of International Education convened a one-week seminar for Finnish adult education experts on adult education in the United States. The delegation consisted of members of the Adult Education Council of Finland.

The participants met with U.S. educators, senior administrators, and government officials involved with adult education, and visited a variety of institutions, organizations, and government offices involved in adult education. The goals of the program were to introduce participants to the U.S. adult education system and provide an international perspective on adult educational programming, administration, and policy. Themes included adult basic education, adult secondary education, and ESL; post-secondary degree programs for adult learners; vocationally oriented adult education for workforce development; and adult education in the lifelong learning and personal interest context.

Agenda:

Participants traveled to the United States for a five-day adult education study-tour. The program consisted of a one-day workshop at IIE headquarters in New York and five site visits to leading adult education institutions and organizations in New York and Washington, DC.

During the opening seminar session, the participants learned about the U.S. adult education system, specifically focusing on adult education policy, the governance of adult education, funding for adult education, and the specific implementation of adult education at different levels of the education system.

Program

Day One Monday, October 27th

Seminar at IIE/NY: 809 United Nations Plaza (1st Ave. between 45th and 46th Streets)
IIE Kaufman (Alvar Aalto) Conference Room, 12th floor

8:00am Breakfast and Welcome
• Dr. Allan Goodman, President, IIE
• Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director, The Fulbright Center, Finland
• Shepherd Laughlin, Program Coordinator, IIE

9:00am An Overview of Adult Education and the U.S. Education System
• Susan Sclafani, Former Assistant Secretary of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
Sclafani: An Overview of Adult Education in the United States

-Adult Education Policy: National, State, Local
-Funding for Adult Education
-Governance of Adult Education

10:30am Panel One: Adult Basic Education
• Dolores Perin, Associate Professor of Psychology and Education, Teacher’s College, Columbia University
Perin: Adult Literacy Instruction in the United States: Themes and Challenges

• John Sabatini, Research Scientist, ETS
Sabatini: Reading and Literacy in ABE Students: Policy, Practice, Research

-Adult Basic Education
-Literacy
-Adult High School and GED Programs
-ESL

11:30am Break

11:45am Panel Two: Post-secondary Degree Programs for Adult Learners
• Susan R. Kinsey, Divisional Dean, Paul McGhee Division of NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Presentation

• Paul Edelson, Dean, School of Professional Development, SUNY Stony Brook
Edelson: Post-Baccalaureate Continuing Higher Education

-Part-time education programs leading to baccalaureate degrees
-Part-time education programs for post-bac, post-master’s and other certificate programs
-Associate’s degrees and articulations with community colleges

1:15pm Lunch

2:00pm Panel Three: Adult Education for Workforce Development
• Peter Joyce, Workforce Development Manager, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Joyce: Adult Education for Workforce Development: "Changing Our Assumptions"

• Sandra Watson, Dean, Adult and Continuing Education, LaGuardia Community College
Watson: Adult Education for Workforce Development

-State and local workforce development policy and funding
-Apprenticeship programs and on-the-job training
-Non-degree work-related courses

3:00pm – 4:00pm Wrap-up of Day 1
• Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director, Fulbright Center Finland
• Shepherd Laughlin, Program Coordinator, IIE
• Heikki Suomalainen, Chair, The Adult Education Council of Finland

6:30pm Opening Dinner


Day Two Tuesday, October 28

Morning Site Visit to GE John F. Welch Leadership Development Center in Crotonville, NY

Afternoon Site Visit to Columbia University, School of Continuing Education

Morning Site visit to GE John F. Welch Leadership Development Center in Crotonville, NY
Old Albany Post Road, Ossining, NY

8:35am Welcome & Introductions
GE Presenters:
• George Anderson, Director of Customer & Cultural Education
• Amy Torani, Program Manager, Customer Education

8:45am GE and GE Crotonville Overview
-GE Company Overview
-Crotonville History and Mission
(Presentation slides available for study tour participants only)

9:15am Leadership Development at GE
-Developing Leaders
-Leadership Education & Course Curriculum
-Leadership, Innovation, & Growth
(Presentation slides available for study tour participants only)

10:30am Break

10:45am GE Performance Management
-Session C / Performance Management
(Presentation slides available for study tour participants only)

11:45am Lunch

12:15pm Adjourn & Depart

12:30pm Take group bus to Columbia University

Afternoon
Site Visit to Columbia University, School of Continuing Education
117th St and Broadway, Lewisohn Hall, 3rd Floor Suite 408

2:00pm The Particular Role of Elite Colleges and Universities in the Education of Adults in the
United States
• Peter J. Awn, Professor of Islamic Religion; Dean of the School of General Studies and Acting Dean of the School of Continuing Education; Director of The Middle East Institute

-The difference in client base between elite colleges and universities and most state universities and second/third tier private colleges and universities
-Design of programs for adults at elite institutions to reflect the same level of quality and selectivity as all of the other programs at the university

2:30pm Nontraditional Undergraduate Students in a Highly Traditional and Selective Academic Environment—The School of General Studies of Columbia University
• Curtis M. Rodgers, Dean of Enrollment Management, School of General Studies

-What is the School of General Studies?
-Why is the Columbia model for the training of nontraditional undergraduates unique?
-In what ways are nontraditional undergraduates the traditional undergraduates of the future? slides

3:30 – 4:30pm High Quality Professional Programming for Adults and Others—
The School of Continuing Education of Columbia University
• Paul M. McNeil, Vice Dean, School of Continuing Education

-What kinds of programs does the School offer and why are they successful?
-Who are our clients?
-What are the areas in which there is growth potential?
-What is the role of international programming?

Free Evening


Day Three Wednesday, October 29th

Travel from New York to Washington, DC
Library of Congress Visit and Landmark Tour

10:00am – 12:47pm On-Board Debriefing Meeting

Acela Express Train (Amtrak 2153)
Depart NY 10:00am
Arrive DC 12:47pm

1:00pm Check into hotel

1:30pm Lunch in Dupont Circle area

3:00pm Tour of Library of Congress

4:30 – 7:30pm Group bus tour of Washington, DC landmarks

7:30pm Casual Dinner


Day Four Thursday, October 30th

Morning Site Visit to Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), U.S. Department of Education

Afternoon Site Visit to Montgomery College, Rockville Campus

Morning Site Visit to Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
550 12th St, SW (between D St and Maine Ave)

9:00am Welcome, Introductions and Overview of Activities
• Cheryl Keenan, Director, Division of Adult Education and Literacy

9:10am Opening Discussion

9:30am Adult Education and Literacy Discussion
Chair: Cheryl Keenan, Director, Division of Adult Education and Literacy

Panelists
Chris Coro
Diane McCauley
Ronna Spacone

-Federal-state partnership to improve literacy
-Overview of OVAE’s policy initiatives related to work-related adult education, transition of adult basic education students to postsecondary education, and English language learning
-Highlight national activities that promote changes in service delivery models, and improvement of instructional programs and teacher training.
-Identify research efforts related to adult basic education and English language learning

10:00am Academic and Technical Education Discussion
Chair: Sharon Lee Miller, Director, Division of Academic and Technical Education

Panelists
Scott Hess
Nancy Brooks
Edward Smith

-The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV)
-OVAE\'s National Activities projects to support state technical education efforts

10:30am Community Colleges Discussion
Chair: Gail Schwartz, Senior Advisor (on behalf of Deputy Assistant Secretary Pat Stanley)

Panelists
Ric Hernandez
Greg Henschel

-OVAE’s community colleges initiatives
-OVAE’s Community Colleges Can program and the National Community College Symposium
-OVAE-funded research into student transitions to postsecondary education and the workplace

11:00 – 11:05am Closing Remarks

11:05am Take group bus to Montgomery College, MD. Box lunch will be provided on the bus.

Afternoon
Site Visit to Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
The Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education,
Corner of North Campus Drive and Hungerford Drive (aka Rt. 355 or Rockville Pike)

1:00pm Welcome and Introductions

1:10pm Overview of the Adult ESOL & Literacy – GED Program
• Donna Kinerney, Instructional Dean, Adult ESOL & Literacy Programs

Projects and Partners
-ESOL training program and partnerships
-ESOL for Customer Service (partnering with One Stop)
-Career Connections Program
-ESOL for Building Trades
-ESOL for Healthcare
-Refugee Employment Training

Challenges
-Employer connections
-The language of workforce organizations vs. educational organizations
-Accountability measures
-Shift of programs from the Maryland State Dept of Education to Dept of Labor, Licensing and Regulations

2:15pm Overview of the Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education
• Ed Roberts, Instructional Dean, Applied Technologies and the Gudelsky Institute For Technical Education

Programs
-Programming areas in technical fields
-Degree and continuing education courses

Delivery Methods
-Methods and variety of programs to meet customer needs.

Partnerships
-Development with programs in partnership with the business community
-Providing career paths for students

3:15pm – 3:45pm Tour of the Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education

7:00pm Concert

Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20566

National Symphony Orchestra
Iván Fischer, Conductor
All-Wagner Program

8:45pm Dinner and Debriefing Meeting


Day Five Friday, October 31st

Morning Site Visit to the University Continuing Education Association
1 Dupont Cir NW # 615 (between P St and New Hampshire Ave)

8:30am Meet in lobby and walk to UCEA

9:00am Membership and International Relations at UCEA
• Cyrus Homayounpour, Director of Membership & International Relations
-UCEA’s mission and services
-Composition of member universities and organizations
-UCEA’s international activities and programs

9:30am Research and Trends in Continuing Education
• Timothy Sloate, Director of Research
-UCEA Research Activities
-Trends and Issues in Professional and Continuing Education
-Role of Professional and Continuing Education in Workforce and Economic Development

10:00 – 11:30am General Discussion and Questions

12:00pm-12:30pm Arrival at the Embassy of Finland and Guided Tour

12:30pm Luncheon

Embassy of Finland
3301 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington D.C. 20008

1:30pm Study Tour Wrap-up Meeting

2:30 – 4:00pm Adult Education Council Delegation Business Meeting

Free Evening