Adults with College Degrees
The number of adults with college degrees has experienced small fluctuations in recent years, within the margin of error, making it essentially flat. Therefore, our static college attainment rate, coupled with a flat college enrollment rate and a declining professional certificates total, creates a significant challenge to our economic vitality. Although we have made progress since 2010, our attainment rates are not accelerating at a fast enough pace to achieve our 50% target by the year 2020. This is an important goal since 65% of U.S. jobs will require some form of postsecondary education by 2020 and nationally, only 40% of Americans ages 25-64 in 2013 held a two- or four-year degree. We are continuing to make PROGRESS towards the 2020 goal of having 50% of the 25+ population have an associate's degree or higher. However, the annual changes are not at a rate great enough to meet that goal by 2020. Further, the margins of error associated with these estimates makes it hard to interpret year-to-year changes with certainty.
Call to Action:
- Learn more about SA2020 education partners, then give your time, talent, energy, or dollars to one (or more).
- Attend and participate in school board meetings.
- Run for the school board.
- Get resources for completing your college degree from café college.
- Volunteer in your child’s classroom.
- Help your child with their homework.
- Attend your child’s parent teacher conference.
- Offer a paid internship (or two or three) at your company. Find out more about SA Works and sign up.
- Become a mentor.
Updated December 2016