Despite widespread recognition of the need for measurably effective and accessible learning opportunities for adult Americans, the nation is without shared scientific or policy goals for serving this vast population and lacks protocols for the cross-sector collaborative activity such service requires. Our project seeks to envision how to fill this gap.
Working learners simultaneously pursue paid employment and postsecondary education. They are the majority of Americans in college, yet a full understanding of their assets and needs has been limited by the tendency for educators, employers, and researchers alike to presume that work and school are separate worlds.
Our work is part of a national effort to correct this presumption and build tractable knowledge to improve opportunities for working learners.
a hands-on assembly charged with framing an applied science to improve learning and employment opportunities for working learnersmore
The organizing group includes:
Geleana Drew Alston, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Meg Benke, SUNY Empire State College
MJ Bishop, University System of Maryland
Marie Cini, ED2WORK
Papia Debroy, Opportunity@Work
Sean Gallagher, Northeastern University
Judy Miner, Foothill-De Anza Community College District
Anne Palmer, Stanford University
Daniel L. Schwartz, Stanford University
Hadass Sheffer, The Graduate! Network
David Soo, Jobs for the Future
Mitchell L. Stevens, Stanford University
Jim Tracy, Jobs for the Future
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. (2128165). Programs: Undergraduate Education; Science of Organizations
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.