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ERIC Number: ED507875
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 132
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
A Stronger Nation through Higher Education: How and Why Americans Must Meet a "Big Goal" for College Attainment. A Special Report from Lumina Foundation for Education
Matthews, Dewayne
Lumina Foundation for Education
College attainment is increasingly important to the U.S. economy as the workforce demands education and training that properly prepare citizens for success in the global, knowledge economy. Lumina Foundation for Education has embraced a single, specific goal that will help address the economic and social trends that cloud this nation's future. Its "big goal" is this: to increase the percentage of Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials from 39 percent to 60 percent by the year 2025. How does a nation achieve this goal? One way is to bolster its community colleges as it seeks to improve student success rates and align its programs to workforce needs. As the number of dislocated workers rises, programs to support retraining and skill development (both basic and advanced) are increasingly vital. In addition to retooling adults in the workforce with new skills and knowledge, much more can and should be done to increase educational opportunities for returning veterans and recent immigrants, among other high-priority populations. Huge numbers of these students will gravitate first to the nation's community colleges, joining millions of other students already being served at these two-year institutions. This report offers individual arrays of college data for each state, including county-by-county listings of degree-attainment rates. By looking at the geographic distribution of college graduates within states, policymakers and other stakeholders can begin to work strategically and systematically to close achievement gaps. They can target the counties and regions that show the greatest need and then provide support in those specific areas.
Lumina Foundation for Education. P.O. Box 1806, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1806. Tel: 800-834-5756; Fax: 317-951-5063; Web site: http://www.luminafoundation.org
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lumina Foundation for Education