Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Number of Americans with college degrees growing ... slowly - JON MARCUS, Hechinger Report

Seven years after setting out to significantly increase the proportion of the population with degrees, the nation is making very slow progress, according to new figures. The percentage of Americans who have earned college and university degrees rose from 40 percent to 40.4 percent last year toward a goal of 60 percent by 2025, the Lumina Foundation, which is backing the effort, announced at a conference here to update policymakers and advocates. The topic: Whether or not the nation is succeeding in increasing the proportion of people with higher educations Why it matters: Economists say more degree-holders are needed to compete with international rivals.

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