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ERIC Number: ED531140
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
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A Stronger Nation through Higher Education: Metropolitan Areas. A Policy Brief from Lumina Foundation
Lumina Foundation for Education
Increasing college attainment is an urgent national need--a fact that is being acknowledged by policymakers, economists and labor experts at every level. They agree that, in order for the United States to sustain the economic recovery and assure long-term growth and social stability, the nation's educational attainment rate must improve steadily and significantly in coming years. That's why so many experts and organizations have embraced what Lumina Foundation calls the Big Goal, or Goal 2025--that, by the year 2025, 60 percent of Americans have a high-quality postsecondary credential. Lumina regularly tracks progress toward Goal 2025 in its signature report, "A Stronger Nation through Higher Education". Since the first issue of "Stronger Nation" in 2009, Lumina researchers have included data on educational attainment at the national, state and county levels. Almost from the beginning, however, they have been asked for data on higher education attainment levels in cities and metropolitan areas. Metro-level leaders have been some of the most passionate early adopters of the "Stronger Nation" reports. That is also why, for the first time, the most recent issue of "Stronger Nation" (March 2012) provides data that will help cities and metro regions understand where they stand educationally and develop strategies to drive educational attainment. This policy brief is excerpted from that report. [For the full report, "A Stronger Nation through Higher Education: How and Why Americans Must Achieve a Big Goal for College Attainment. A Special Report from Lumina Foundation," see ED531139.]
Lumina Foundation for Education. P.O. Box 1806, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1806. Tel: 800-834-5756; Fax: 317-951-5063; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Lumina Foundation for Education
Identifiers - Location: United States