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Status of Education in Rural America
NCES 2007-040
June 2007

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Table 2.8.

Percentage of adults age 16 or older who participated in adult educational activities, by type of activity and locale: 2005

Locale Overall participation Type of adult educational activity
College or university credential programs1 Work-related courses Personal interest courses Other activities2
Total 44.4 5.0 26.9 21.4 3.3
City 45.8 5.7 26.3 22.5 4.6
Suburban 46.9 5.8 29.7 23.4 2.6
Town 41.8 4.2! 25.6 18.5 3.6!
Rural 39.6 3.3 24.2 18.4 2.2!
! Interpret data with caution.
1 Full-time participation for all or part of the year in a college or university credential program or a vocational or technical diploma program was not counted as an adult educational activity. However, individuals who were enrolled part-time in a college or university credential program or vocational or technical diploma program were included in the denominator.
2 Includes basic skills training, apprenticeships, and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Adult Education Survey of the 2005 National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES).