Date of Completion


Document Type

Campus Access Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

First Advisor

Carol Ann Sharicz


In March of 2020, community-based adult education programs were forced by the COVID-19 pandemic to shift from in-person instruction to emergency remote learning. In their efforts to continue providing educational services during the pandemic, these programs have encountered challenges to providing services that are distinct from those faced by schools and universities. One year later, organizations are still delivering instruction remotely, but it is no longer an acute emergency, and the availability of vaccines against the virus signals the possibility of a return to in-person instruction in the near future. This research attempts to capture a snapshot of the state of adult education at this pivotal moment. Through in-depth interviews with adult education practitioners, the research explores the challenges that programs face in delivering services, the measures that have been implemented to address those challenges, and the ways in which lessons learned during the pandemic might inform delivery of services in the future. The research reveals ongoing challenges, successes, key success factors, and implications for the future. It also highlights the unique role that adult education programs hold in communities and and the challenges and opportunities that come with it.


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