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Idaho degree attainment slips

Lumina Foundation report finds working-age Idahoans hold fewer degrees than in past

BOISE, Idaho — May 1, 2014 — The percentage of working-age Idahoans who hold a two- or four-year degree dropped to 36.1 percent in 2012, a report from the Lumina Foundation states.

The Stronger Nation Through Higher Education report sourced 2012 U.S. Census Bureau figures to calculate higher education attainment in each U.S. state. In 2012, only 36.1 percent of working Idahoans had a two- or four-year degree, down from 36.5 percent the previous year. Idaho also underperforms the national average of 39.4 percent.

The Lumina Foundation identified three steps that Idaho can and should take to produce real increases in attainment:

1. Improve the quality of student outcomes in terms of completion, learning and employment.
2. Align investments with state priorities and student needs.
3. Create smarter pathways for students.

DEGREE ATTAINMENT IN IDAHO BY THE NUMBERS

Levels of education, ages 25-64
3.81%
Less than ninth grade
5.29%
Ninth to 12th grade, no diploma
26.89%
High school graduate (including equivalency)
27.93%
Some college, no degree
10.08%
Associate degree
18.01%
Bachelor’s degree
7.99%
Graduate or professional degree
SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey
Degree-attainment rates among by population group, ages 25-64
57.45%
Asian
38.50%
White
25.87%
Black
20.36%
Native American
12.47%
Hispanic
SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-12 American Community Survey PUMS File
Highest percentage of at least an associate degree by county, top five, ages
52.42%
Latah
48.38%
Madison
46.09%
Ada
41.37%
Teton
41.09%
Valley
SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau, 2008-12 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
Surrounding states’ degree attainment, ages 25-64
Washington state
:
42.8 percent
Utah
:
41.4 percent
Oregon
:
39.8 percent
Montana
:
39.8 percent
SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey