National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy
The pace of change in our civic, work, and family lives requires every American to continue their learning long after they leave school or college, but millions of Americans face barriers to success as lifelong learners. High levels of basic skills are critical, but almost 40 percent of the U.S. adult population have very low skills and an additional 50 million have skills that may be insufficient. Postsecondary training and education are essential to every American's career, but millions of Americans do not have the high school diploma needed to enter these programs. In addition, the U.S. has a significant population of adults who need to improve their English skills. Even those adults who have high levels of basic skills and university degrees must continually learn how to use new and sometimes confusing technology. The mission of the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL, pronounced nick-saul) is to conduct the research, development, evaluation, and dissemination needed to build effective, cost-efficient adult learning and literacy programs.
NCSALL is a collaborative effort between the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and World Education. NCSALL is funded by the U.S. Department of Education through its Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI). Within OERI, NCSALL is supporting the goals of OERI's Postsecondary Education, Libraries, and Lifelong Learning Institute. Along with OERI, NCSALL coordinates its work and collaborates with the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) and the Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE).