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INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 31, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Lumina Foundation today released an updated A Stronger Nation, the foundation's online tool for tracking the share of working-age adults with degrees or other credentials of value. The national post-high school education rate among adults 25 to 64 years old reached 53.7 percent in 2021, an increase of nearly 2 percentage points since 2019 when the percentage was 51.9.
"This is exciting because this gain represents the largest two-year increase we have seen," said Courtney Brown, Lumina's vice president of strategic impact and planning and director of the Stronger Nation project. "This is also the first time every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have experienced increases in the proportion of residents holding associate or bachelor's degrees or higher."
An online data visualization tool, Stronger Nation relies on data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, which experienced difficulties with data collection in 2020 tied to the pandemic.
Findings from the 2021 data, the most recent available, include:
Please join us at 3 p.m. EST today, Tuesday, Jan. 31, for a live webinar to discuss the updated Stronger Nation data.
A Stronger Nation tracks progress toward the national goal of 60 percent of working-age Americans holding a credential beyond the high school diploma by 2025 that leads to further education and employment. The nation's attainment rate includes associate and bachelor's degrees, as well as high-value, short-term credentials such as college certificates and industry-based certifications.
Lumina launched A Stronger Nation in 2009 to provide a continual measure of educational attainment and to better understand where disparities exist. As a regularly updated online data visualization, A Stronger Nation provides insights at the national, state, and county levels and across major metropolitan areas, with breakdowns by race, ethnicity, age, and credential type.
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