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Idaho will not reach 60 percent goal at current pace

Lumina Foundation: Progress made, but not rapid enough for Idaho to reach 60 percent goal


BOISE – April 15, 2015 — A report released by the Lumina Foundation this month shows degree attainment in Idaho increased — 0.8 percent from last year — but not rapidly enough to meet the state or national goal of 60 percent by 2025.

“(The Lumina Foundation is) making progress, but we need to do much more,” the report reads.

The percentage of the state’s working age population (25-64) with at least an associate degree only increased 2.1 percent between 2008 and 2013 to 36.9 percent. The national average is 40 percent.

Lumina lists three priorities to reach the 60 percent goal:

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

For more details, or to view the report, click here.