Builds an evidence base for future policy infrastructure changes regarding adult learning models by discussing the challenges and solutions currently facing the field.

This paper discusses ideas from a 2006 symposium in which panelists identified needs and challenges around building “a ladder of opportunity to improve adult learning in the 21st century” (p.1). Specific discussion topics that the authors examine in this paper include innovative program models; leveraging technology; reaching untapped populations; the need for leadership and evidence; and professional development needs among the adult education workforce. “This paper explores these challenges and solutions in more detail, offering many ideas and alternatives for program delivery and policy infrastructure that could change the odds for adult learners in the United States. Based on the research, it is clear that reforms need to be undertaken to ensure that the potential of the low-skilled adult population can be realized” (p.1).

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