Lumina's annual progress report toward the goal, A Stronger Nation offers detailed data arrays that describe degree attainment at the national, state and county levels. The report also provides degree-attainment data for each of the nation’s 100 most populous metropolitan regions.
Our nation confronts an urgent and growing need for talent, and higher education is the key to meeting that need. That’s why Lumina Foundation focuses all of its energy and resources on one goal, what we call Goal 2025. We want to ensure that, by the year 2025, 60 percent of Americans hold a college degree, certificate or other high-quality postsecondary credential.
Each year in this report, we track the nation’s progress toward that goal, focusing mainly on the working-age population (ages 25-64). According to the most recent available data (2013), 40 percent of these working-age Americans have at least a two-year degree – an 0.6 percentage-point increase over the previous year’s rate of 39.4 percent. This increase is encouraging, as is a similar increase in higher education attainment among young adults (ages 25-34). More...