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Thursday Notes for March 28, 2002

A Factsheet from the Division of Adult Education and Literacy
Office of Vocational and Adult Education

Edited by Sarah Newcomb


WIA Title I Spending Slow

New figures from the Department of Labor (DOL) show that states have been slow in spending Title I dollars under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). About $5B appears still held for state accounts. This is not good news for Title I programs. For FY 2002, Congress trimmed DOL's appropriation in response to slow spending last year, indicating that if funds were not being spent, they were not needed. Fortunately, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) programs are doing better, but it wouldn't hurt to keep an eye on those unexpended balances. DOL has this document available in a PDF format.

Darling to Receive Humanities Medal

Sharon Darling is slated to receive the 2001 National Humanities Medal from President and Mrs. Bush April 22 in a White House ceremony. The medal honors individuals or groups whose work deepens national understanding of the humanities, broadens citizens' engagement with the humanities, or preserves and expands people's access to important humanities resources. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) sponsors the award. Past recipients include Steven Spielberg, Jim Lehrer, Toni Morrison, Stephen Ambrose, and many others. Congratulations, Sharon!

Community College: Such a Deal!

The appeal of community college educations is about to spike, according to the Washington Post's financial section of March 17. First, community colleges can be cheap and good, the Post says, with a major savings earned through living at home and lower tuition. The reason for the spike in interest? Cutbacks in state spending nationwide can make the cost of four-year institutions much higher. Although community colleges may share some increases, they'll be an even better alternative the Post predicts.

Community College Students More Likely to Work

Nearly three-fourths of employees who study--and nearly half of students who work--go to community colleges rather than four-year institutions, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The Center says employees may not expect a degree or may want only an Associate's Degree. Students who work are more likely to be focused on going on to earn a Bachelor's Degree from a four-year institution. But one caution: this just-released February 2002 report is based on NCES' 1996-98 data. To read the report, access the NCES website and search for "Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study."



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