continuing education


continuing education

noun

: classes taken by adult students usually in the evenings

Full Definition of CONTINUING EDUCATION

:  formal courses of study for adult part-time students

First Known Use of CONTINUING EDUCATION

1954

continuing education

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any form of learning provided for adults. In the U.S. the University of Wisconsin was the first academic institution to offer such programs (1904). Empire College of the State University of New York was the first to be devoted exclusively to adult learning (1969). Continuing education includes such diverse methods as independent study; broadcast, videotape, online, and other forms of distance learning; group discussion and study circles; conferences, seminars, and workshops; and full- or part-time classroom study. Remedial programs, such as high-school equivalency and basic literacy programs, are common. In recent years the variety of subject matter has expanded greatly to include such topics as auto repair, retirement planning, and computer skills. See also Chautauqua movement.

Variants of CONTINUING EDUCATION

continuing education or adult education

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