College Attainment Progress Won’t Meet 2025 Goal

Despite several years of state and national efforts, the United States is producing nowhere near enough adults with a postsecondary education to meet its college attainment goal to meet workforce needs in the next 10 years, according to a new report from the Lumina Foundation.

Although incremental progress has been made, if current trends continue, the U.S. will still fall short by 19.8 million college credentials in 2025. The percentage of American adults between the ages of 25 and 64 with at least an associate degree increased from 37.9 percent in 2008 to 40 percent in 2013 – the most recent data available – for a total of 2.8 million additional credentials.

Previous research from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce has shown roughly two-thirds of jobs will require some sort of postsecondary education by 2020.

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