B.R. ranks among metros with lowest college degree attainment
A new report out today from the Lumina Foundation shows Baton Rouge has the 10th worst rate of college degree attainment—31.65%—among the nation's metro areas. The report also shows Louisiana is ranked No. 47 among all U.S. states for the same, with just 28.24% of the population holding a college degree. According to the report, "A Stronger Nation through Higher Education," Baton Rouge and Louisiana lag the national average for their share of the population with college degrees. On average, 38.3% of Americans aged 25 to 64 held a two- or four-year college degree in 2010. Though the rate is up modestly from 38.1% in 2009 and 37.9% in 2008, the report says the United States is a long way away from reaching Goal 2025, a national movement to see 60% of the nation's working-age adults have a college degree by 2025. At the current pace, the report says, 46.5% will have a degree in 2025. "More people are graduating from college, but the current pace is not sufficient," says Lumina Foundation President and CEO Jamie P. Merisotis. "America is grappling with how to grow jobs, skills and opportunity, and this report highlights the economic imperative of getting a postsecondary degree. This issue can't be wished away by fanciful talk about higher education 'bubbles' and whether college is worth it." Get more statistics and info on the report at the Lumina Foundation website here.
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