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New England Learner Persistence Project

Dates: 2007-2009

States: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island

Client(s): Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, WEI-Unrestricted

Service: Technical Assistance and Coaching

Expertise: Learner Persistence


The goal of this project was to improve adult learner persistence in order for adult learners to meet their educational and life goals. The specific objective was to test the impact of promising persistence-building strategies with adult learners participating in 18 adult education programs throughout New England, as measured by increases in attended class hours and academic progress. The lessons learned through this action research are disseminated through the NELRC website, articles and presentations, and an online course. The New England Literacy Resource Center/World Education successfully implemented this project from 2007 to 2009.


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