Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 74–83 | Cite as

The role of postsecondary Education Institutions in the U.S. Department of Education's adult literacy initiative

  • Phyllis D. Chumley
  • Henry A. Spille


On September 7, 1983, the U.S. Department of Education announced a nationwide adult literacy initiative designed “... to promote functional literacy for the entire adult populations.” The department is committed to conducting several activities to attack and solve the problem of adult literacy. Two of the activities pertain specifically to postsecondary education. They are:
  • • working with postsecondary education institutions to develop demonstration programs utilizing college work-study students in adult literacy programs;

  • • promoting college student involvement through literacy tutoring experiences in college courses and through student volunteerism.

The authors believe that there should be much greater participation in the initiative by postsecondary education institutions, and they propose that more extensive participation can be attained through the institutions' performance of their usual functions of teaching, service, and research.


College Student Adult Population Cross Cultural Psychology Adult Literacy Literacy Program 
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  1. “U.S. Department of Education Fact Sheet on Nationwide Functional Literacy Initiative” (undated).Google Scholar

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© Human Sciences Press 1984

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  • Phyllis D. Chumley
  • Henry A. Spille

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