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ERIC Number: ED557764
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Closing the Degree Gap: The West's Contributions. Policy Insights
Kelly, Patrick
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
This "Policy Insight" is a supplement to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education's (WICHE's) annual "Benchmarks" indicators, which summarize the Western states' progress with improving access to, success in, and financing of higher education. This brief explores one variant for how WICHE states might meet projected educational attainment goals--such as the Lumina Foundation's "Big Goal"--that 60 percent of the country's 25- to 64-year-olds should attain a college degree or high-quality certificate by 2025. In particular, WICHE explored what it would take for the Western region as a whole to meet this goal rather than each state individually, allowing for the possibility that some Western states may achieve a higher level and for others it might not be feasible to reach 60 percent of their population having a high-quality postsecondary credential, because of substantial variation among states' current levels of educational attainment and projected population change over time.
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. P.O. Box 9752, Boulder, CO 80301-9752. Tel: 303-541-0200; Fax: 303-541-0291; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Grade 9; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education