Louisiana ranked No. 49 for higher education attainment
With 27.9% of the state's 2.4 million adults aged 25 to 64 holding a two- or four-year degree, Louisiana is ranked 49th in the nation for its share of residents having completed some form of higher education. That's according to a new study by the Lumina Foundation, which promotes the attainment of higher education degrees and analyzed 2011 census data, the most recent available, for the report. Louisiana trails only West Virginia, which had just 0.1 percentage point fewer residents with a degree in 2011, according to the report. "Also, Louisiana's rate of higher education attainment is far below the national average" of 38.7%, it says. In East Baton Rouge Parish, 39.5% of residents aged 25 to 64 have at least an associate degree, which is the highest percentage in the state. "Clearly, [Louisiana's] economic future depends on producing more college graduates—and an excellent place to begin is with those who have attended college but not earned a credential," reads the report. "In 2011, nearly 546,000 Louisiana adults—22.7% of the adult population—had gone to college but lacked either a two- or four-year degree." You can find the full report here, and an overview of Louisiana's figures in the report here.
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