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Fewer Adults Going for College Degrees

Monday, August 13, 2007

Fewer adult New Yorkers are bettering themselves by getting a college degree, and experts say that could further hasten the decline of the state’s economy. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: The study by the Skylar Center, an anti-poverty group, found that there's been a 20-percent decline in the the number of adults aged 25-to-49 attending college in the past decade. The center's Karen Schimke says the adult student faced many barriers including high tuition and inadequate student aid. She says all that needs to change if the state hopes to revive its flagging upstate economy.

SCHIMKE: Now that the nation, has embraced the idea of no child left behind; it's time for us to take the next step and say, 'no worker left behind.'

REPORTER: The group presented its findings to Governor's Spitzer's top education advisor Dr. Manuel Rivera. He said he's consider the ideas. In Albany, I'm Karen DeWitt.

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