an applied science to support working learners

integrating efforts across domains to improve educational progress and occupational mobility for working learners

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.