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ERIC Number: EJ930708
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul-26
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Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
College Attainment: Throwing a Complete Game
Jones, Stan; Soo, David
New England Journal of Higher Education, Jul 2010
The U.S. once had the world's highest percentage of adults with a college degree, but has now dropped to 10th, according to the OECD. In an attempt to reverse this slide, a number of policymakers and foundations have sought to make increased degree attainment a national priority. President Obama has articulated the goal that America will regain the world's highest rate of degree attainment and challenged every American to complete at least one year of postsecondary education. The Lumina Foundation for Education, likewise, has set a goal to increase the percentage of Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials from the under 40% today to 60% by the year 2025, while the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation aims to double the number of low-income adults who earn postsecondary degrees or other credentials by age 26. Increasing the number and percentage of Americans with postsecondary education will require a number of strategies, including increasing capacity at colleges and universities and providing access to high-quality college education for more Americans. But these ambitious goals cannot be met without also dramatically increasing the completion rates at public colleges and universities. Since states often have statutory control over public higher education and provide the largest single source of funding, state leaders hold critical levers--and are uniquely accountable--for reshaping policies and improving outcomes in public higher education. Each state faces its own set of demographic and economic challenges, but increasing educational attainment is a common goal for state policymakers as they seek to ensure the future health of their economies. Twenty-two states have joined the Complete College America Alliance of States in order to elevate college completion in their policy agendas and develop plans to make dramatic increases in attainment over the next decade. (Contains 4 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States