Overall U.S. Educational Attainment Rates Increase, but Gaps Remain

New data from the Lumina Foundation shows that in 2016, 46.9 percent of Americans aged 25 to 64 had a postsecondary degree or certificate—a 1.1 percentage point increase over the previous year and a nine percentage point increase since 2008, reports Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

However, Lumina Foundation leaders said the rate of increase is not significant enough to meet its goal of 60 percent by 2025. In addition, there are significant gaps by race and ethnicity, Inside Higher Ed reported

Jamie Merisotis, president of the Foundation, told the Chronicle that in addition to raising the college-going rate of 18- to 24-year-olds, he sees an opportunity for raising the overall education attainment rate by focusing on adults who could benefit from a credential rather than a degree. In addition, he said that Lumina is exploring ideas for brining educational opportunities to adults in the workplace.


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