Attainment, Completion, and the Trouble in Measuring Them Both

Here’s a seemingly simple question: How have the educational-attainment rates of various groups of Americans changed over the years?

It’s a question with considerable impact. For example, the answer could help determine how well the country’s colleges and universities are meeting its labor needs, and how equitable education is across various demographic groups.

And the answer is? Well … that’s the hard part.

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