|Grant Program:||Postsecondary and Adult Education|
Dr. Meredith Larson
Dr. James Benson
REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS: FY 2018 RFA (PDF: 1.8 MB) 2018 Competition Closed
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 for students 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 tools and strategies (e.g., practices, assessments, programs, policies) that have been documented to be effective for improving education outcomes of postsecondary students at the college level 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.
In addition to emphasizing postsecondary and adult education research through the PSAE topic area, NCER continues to fund these types of research through the National Research and Development Centers program, the Partnerships and Collaborations Focused on Problems of Practice or Policy, through the Research Networks Focused on Critical Problems of Education Policy and Practice program
Why is This Topic Unique?
Unlike other NCER topic areas, PSAE allows for students with disabilities to be the primary population of the study. By allowing for this population to be a focus for PSAE research, NCER is helping to support research on students with disabilities to supplement the research that NCSER is authorized to fund.
Types of Research Supported
All the adult education research funded through PSAE has, to date, focused on reading outcomes. Postsecondary research funded through PSAE has focused on identifying, developing and evaluating strategies for, among other things,
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