|Grant Program:||Postsecondary and Adult Education|
Dr. Meredith Larson
Dr. James Benson
The Postsecondary and Adult Education (PSAE) topic supports research that will lead to better student education outcomes at the college level (most often in Associateís or Bachelorís degree programs) and in adult education programs (e.g., students in adult English language programs or adult literacy programs including Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and GED preparation programs).
PSAE research addresses a wide range of student outcomes including student access to, persistence in, progress through, and completion of postsecondary and adult education programs as well as improving specific academic outcomes in developmental education, adult education, gateway science and math courses, and introductory composition courses.
The long-term outcome of this research is to establish an array of effective tools and strategies (e.g., practices, assessments, programs, policies) for improving education outcomes of postsecondary students and adult learners.
By joining the postsecondary education and adult education research foci into one topic area, NCER acknowledged the complex and sometimes overlapping paths adult learners travel when pursuing education throughout their lives. The PSAE topic is also the only NCER topic area that permits researchers to focus on typically developing students and students with disabilities as the primary population of interest. Thus, the PSAE topic allows researchers interested in academic outcomes for students with disabilities to conduct work past the transition from high school, the furthest progress point supported by NCSER grant funding.
Types of Research Supported
The majority of projects funded through PSAE (55) have focused on postsecondary settings and students, and few (4) have focused on adult education settings and students. The plurality of the research has tested the efficacy of interventions.
Research funded through PSAE has focused on identifying, developing and evaluating strategies for, among other things,
RELATED PROJECTS and PROGRAMS
R&D Centers and Network Projects (305C and 305N)
Partnership and Collaboration Projects (305H and 305L)