Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

College Board Report Finds That U.S. Will Fail to Meet College Completion Goals by 2025 If Current Rate of Growth Continues

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

College Board Report Finds That U.S. Will Fail to Meet College Completion Goals by 2025 If Current Rate of Growth Continues

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BOSTON, Mass.

As the economy continues to struggle and as the need to ensure that our students are college and career ready is even more critical to the economic future of the nation, the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center released the results of The College Completion Agenda 2011 Progress Report. The report tracks the progress being made across the country toward the goal of increasing the proportion of 25- to 34-yearolds who hold an associate degree or higher to 55 percent by the year 2025.

The report finds that the current percentage nationwide is 41.1 percent, 13.9 percentage points away from the goal of 55 percent. While the percentage increased marginally from 2000 (38. 1 percent) to 2009 (41.1 percent), if the U.S. continues to follow this sluggish rate of growth, it is projected that the country will only reach a 46.0 percent completion rate by 2025. Even the five states with the highest percentage of residents with college degrees - Massachusetts (53.7 percent), North Dakota (50.5 percent), Minnesota (49.4 percent), New York (49.2 percent) and New Jersey (46.2 percent) - have still not reached 55 percent.

"Increasing the number of Americans with a postsecondary degree must be one of our highest priorities over the next decade," said Gaston Caperton, College Board president. …

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