Research Allies for Lifelong Learning

Q7.How many staff members worked in adult education? What about volunteers?

An average of 80,000 staff worked in adult education programs across the USA from 2006-07 to 2010-11.

  • From 2009-10 to 2010-11, total paid staff dropped from a high of 97,000 to 64,000, with 12,000 fewer staff members than the next closest year 
  • This decrease might be linked to level federal funds or decreases in state or local budgets. Decreases may have occurred in large states with dramatic budget cuts, such as California or New York
  • As of 2010, an additional 32,000 volunteers worked in adult education. They served as counselors, instructional staff, and administrators.

Source: U.S. Department of Education National Reporting System data 2/21/2012