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Back to the Books

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Learning Curve1

- Number of students each year taking courses at The Learning Annex, the largest adult education organization in North America: 200,000

Sampling of courses offered:

- How to Lose Your Foreign or Noo Yawk Accent

- How to Create Your Own Cabaret Act

- How to Marry Rich

- How to Write a Book on Anything in 3 Weeks...or Less!

- How to Become a Male Stripper

- How to Become an Electronic Daytrader

- Stop Being Nice

Smarty Pants2

- Percent of adults without a high school degree who took a continuing ed course in 1999: 22%

- Percent of high school grads: 37%

- Percent with a bachelor's degree or higher: 62%

Scholarly Cities3

Cities with the highest percentage of residents taking adult or continuing education classes:

- Minneapolis 19.4%

- Milwaukee 19.0%

- San Diego 19.0%

- Portland, Oregon 18.7%

..and the lowest:

- Detroit 10.7%

- Grand Rapids, MI 10.4%

- Knoxville, TN 10.4%

- Albany, NY 10.3%

Plugged In4

Indexed likelihood of adult ed students to:

- Own a home PC 129

- Own a palm-held PC 192

- Be a woman, aged 25 to 54 143

- Be a man, aged 25 to 54 93

Schoolwork5

- Percent of employees in 1995 who received some type of formal training on the job: 84%

- Average time spent in employer training each year: 89 hours

Percent of companies offering:

- Classes by in-house training personnel: 76%

- Classes or workshops by outside trainers: 48%

- Lectures, conferences, or seminars: 36%

- Courses at educational institutions: 17%

Long Distance Learning2

- Colleges offering correspondence courses: 44%

- Number of courses offered: 54,470

- Colleges offering courses over the Internet: 26%

Older, Wiser6

- Number of college and university students aged 24 and over in 1996: 6,221,000

- Number who were 35 and over in 1996: 2,778,000

- Growth in college enrollment among those aged 35 and over between 1980 and 1998: 122%

Sources:

(1) The Learning Annex

(2) U.S. Department of Education

(3) 1999 Scarborough Research. Note: New York City not included in survey

(4) Mediamark Research, Inc.

(5) U.S. Department of Labor

(6) National Center for Education Statistics

(7) Berlitz International Inc.

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