Degree Production Trends by Program Area: A National Analysis 2004-2009
The national imperative for increased postsecondary level completions has never been clearer. In order to remain competitive in an ever-changing global market, the United States must produce an educated workforce; one that is ready to lead and inspire a 21st century economy.
Recognizing this urgency, the President, several foundations, policy organizations, and states recently set bold college completion goals:
• President Obama called for the U.S. to be first in the world again in college attainment by 2020.
• Lumina Foundation for Education set a national goal for 60 percent of Americans to have a high-quality degree or credential by 2025.
• The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation aims to double the number of low-income adults who earn a postsecondary degree or credential with genuine value in the marketplace by age 26.
• Complete College America, along with their Alliance of 24 states, set a national goal that six out of 10 young adults in the U.S. will have a college degree or credential of value by 2020.
Since last year, the State Higher Education Executive Officers have added to the public dialogue with the release of a series of reports, including trends in national degree production and costs related to postsecondary completions and sub-baccalaureate certificate and degree growth. This report is a follow-up to Degree Production and Cost Trends: A National Analysis, released in August 2010.