Bloomberg Anywhere Login

Bloomberg

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Company

Financial Products

Enterprise Products

Media

Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000

Communications

Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Businessweek Archives

The Boom In Adult Education


Economic Trends

THE BOOM IN ADULT EDUCATION

The conventional view is that Americans have come to appreciate the importance of continuing education in today's fast-changing economy. Indeed, from 1978 to 1993, the number of U.S. 25-to-64-year-olds attending school (primarily colleges and universities) soared by 45%, or 1.8 million.

Unfortunately, most of the influx reflects demographic trends. While the adult-enrollment rate did edge up, to 4.4% over the 15-year period, the Labor Dept. says 70% of the jump in students resulted simply from the aging of baby boomers. If there's any trend toward lifelong learning, it seems to be occurring among adult women. Their enrollment rate jumped by more than a percentage point, to 5.1%, while the male enrollment rate slipped to 3.7%.BY GENE KORETZ


LIMITED-TIME OFFER SUBSCRIBE NOW
 
blog comments powered by Disqus