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Mapping Higher Education Attainment in America

The State Policy Map displays state-specific data on particular themes that show how states are advancing policy and practice to increase higher education attainment.

The Strategy Labs map currently highlights the states and systems that have developed strong, ambitious postsecondary educational attainment goals to drive increases in attainment. Click below to access state data and connect with your Strategy Labs state adviser.

States with Postsecondary Attainment Goals
  • State has formally adopted a postsecondary attainment goal
Denotes Strategy Labs Network State

Alaska

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 05/13/2014
Colleges Participating: 3

Alaska

36.5%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Alabama

33.6%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Alabama

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: No
Approved as SARA State: N/A
Colleges Participating: N/A

Arkansas

28.8%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Arkansas

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: N/A
Legislation Passed:  N/A
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 06/29/2015
Colleges Participating: 24

Arizona

36.9%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Arizona’s Goal: Increase the percentage of adults with bachelor’s degrees to 29-30% by 2020

Arizona

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 11/11/2014
Colleges Participating: 14

California

39.6%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

California

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  No
Application Submitted: No
Approved as SARA State: N/A
Colleges Participating: N/A

Colorado

47.6%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Colorado’s Goal: 66% of adults (ages 25-34) by 2025

Colorado

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 05/13/2014
Colleges Participating: 32

Connecticut

47.8%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Connecticut

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  No
Application Submitted: N/A
Approved as SARA State: N/A
Colleges Participating: N/A

Delaware

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: No
Legislation Passed:  No
Application Submitted: No
Approved as SARA State: N/A
Colleges Participating: N/A

Delaware

39.9%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Florida

38.6%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Florida

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: No
Legislation Passed:  No
Application Submitted: No
Approved as SARA State: N/A
Colleges Participating: N/A

Georgia

37.5%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Georgia’s Goal: 60% of young adults by 2020

Georgia

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: N/A
Legislation Passed:  N/A
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: N/A
Colleges Participating: N/A

Hawaii

44.3%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Hawaii’s Goal: 55% by 2025, increasing degree attainment at the University of Hawaii by 6-9% each year

Hawaii

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: No
Approved as SARA State: N/A
Colleges Participating: N/A

Iowa

41.8%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Iowa

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 06/01/2015
Colleges Participating: 0

Idaho

36.9%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Idaho’s Goal: 60% of 25-34 year olds having a college degree or certificate by 2020

Idaho

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: N/A
Legislation Passed:  N/A
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 05/13/2014
Colleges Participating: 6

Illinois

43.0%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Illinois’ Goal: 60% by 2025

Illinois

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 07/31/2015
Colleges Participating: 16

Indiana

34.7%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Indiana’s Goal: 60% by 2025

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Kansas

41.8%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Kansas’ Goal: 60% by 2020

Kansas

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 11/16/2014
Colleges Participating: 26

Kentucky

32.9%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Kentucky’s Goal: 37% of adults ages 25-54 with an associate’s or higher by 2020

Kentucky

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: No
Legislation Passed:  No
Application Submitted: No
Approved as SARA State: N/A
Colleges Participating: N/A

Louisiana

29.6%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Louisiana’s Goal: 42% by 2025, with an annual growth rate of 7.2%

Louisiana

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 10/17/2014
Colleges Participating: 15

Massachusetts

51.5%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Massachusetts’ Goal: 60% by 2020

Massachusetts

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: No
Legislation Passed:  No
Application Submitted: No
Approved as SARA State: N/A
Colleges Participating: N/A

Maryland

46.0%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Maryland’s Goal: 55% by 2025

Maryland

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: No
Approved as SARA State: N/A
Colleges Participating: N/A

Maine

39.9%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Maine

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: No
Approved as SARA State: N/A
Colleges Participating: N/A

Michigan

38.4%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Michigan’s Goal: 60% by 2025

Michigan

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 08/31/2015
Colleges Participating: 6

Minnesota

48.1%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Minnesota

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 01/26/2015
Colleges Participating: 41

Missouri

38.2%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Missouri’s Goal: 60% by 2020

Missouri

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 11/16/2014
Colleges Participating: 39

Mississippi

30.5%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Mississippi’s Goal: National average by 2025

Mississippi

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: No
Approved as SARA State: N/A
Colleges Participating: N/A

Montana

39.0%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Montana’s Goal: 60% by 2020

Montana

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: N/A
Legislation Passed:  N/A
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 08/13/2014
Colleges Participating: 8

North Carolina

39.7%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
N. Carolina’s Goal: 37% by 2025

North Carolina

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: N/A
Legislation Passed:  N/A
Application Submitted: No
Approved as SARA State: N/A
Colleges Participating: N/A

North Dakota

45.8%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

North Dakota

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 04/03/2014
Colleges Participating: 13

Nebraska

43.2%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Nebraska

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 08/09/2014
Colleges Participating: 20

New Hampshire

46.7%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
New Hampshire’s Goal: 65% by 2025

New Hampshire

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 12/15/2014
Colleges Participating: 8

New Jersey

46.5%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

New Jersey

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: No
Legislation Passed:  No
Application Submitted: No
Approved as SARA State: N/A
Colleges Participating: N/A

New Mexico

34.9%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

New Mexico

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 05/12/2015
Colleges Participating: 10

Nevada

31.1%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Nevada

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 05/14/2014
Colleges Participating: 7

New York

46.0%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

New York

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: No
Approved as SARA State: N/A
Colleges Participating: N/A

Ohio

37.5%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Ohio

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 03/02/2015
Colleges Participating: 19

Oklahoma

32.7%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Oklahoma

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: N/A
Legislation Passed:  N/A
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 06/29/2015
Colleges Participating: 5

Oregon

40.5%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Oregon’s Goal40-40-20% by 2025

Oregon

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 11/11/2014
Colleges Participating: 21

Pennsylvania

40.5%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Pennsylvania

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  No
Application Submitted: No
Approved as SARA State: N/A
Colleges Participating: N/A

Rhode Island

43.8%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Rhode Island

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: No
Approved as SARA State: N/A
Colleges Participating: N/A

South Carolina

36.8%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
S. Carolina’s Goal: 29% with a bachelor’s degree by 2030

South Carolina

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: No
Legislation Passed:  No
Application Submitted: No
Approved as SARA State: N/A
Colleges Participating: N/A

South Dakota

41.9%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

South Dakota

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 11/11/2014
Colleges Participating: 11

Tennessee

33.8%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Tennessee’s Goal: 55% by 2025

Tennessee

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 06/29/2015
Colleges Participating: 39

Texas

35.4%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Texas’ Goal: 60% by 2036

Texas

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: No
Approved as SARA State: N/A
Colleges Participating: N/A

Utah

41.6%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Utah’s Goal: 66% by 2020

Utah

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: No
Approved as SARA State: N/A
Colleges Participating: N/A

Virginia

46.1%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Virginia’s Goal: 55% by 2025

Virginia

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 10/17/2014
Colleges Participating: 12

Vermont

45.5%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Vermont’s Goal: 60% by 2020

Vermont

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 04/17/2015
Colleges Participating: 5

Washington

43.8%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Washington’s Goal: 70% by 2023

Washington

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 05/13/2014
Colleges Participating: 23

Wisconsin

41.1%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Wisconsin

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: No
Legislation Passed:  No
Application Submitted: No
Approved as SARA State: N/A
Colleges Participating: N/A

West Virginia

28.4%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

West Virginia

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: N/A
Legislation Passed:  N/A
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 10/17/2014
Colleges Participating: 12

Wyoming

39.4%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Wyoming

Participation in SARA

Legislation Introduced: Yes
Legislation Passed:  Yes
Application Submitted: Yes
Approved as SARA State: 05/12/2015
Colleges Participating: 7

State Attainment Data

State Policy Agenda

The State Policy Agenda is designed for state leaders as a guidepost to increase higher education attainment and reach Goal 2025 – to increase the proportion of Americans with high quality degrees, certificates, and other credentials to 60% by the year 2025.  It includes three core elements.  Under each are a set of specific evidence-based policy recommendations.

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Improve student outcomes

Reorienting and expanding the nation’s higher education system around student outcomes is a key step toward increasing postsecondary degree attainment among our working age population.

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Align investments

Systems of higher education are being asked to serve more students and to ensure their success with fewer resources. To succeed, states will need to rethink how they allocate resources to both institutions and students.

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Create smarter pathways

States and their higher education systems and institutions need to create clearer and smarter pathways to degrees for traditional and nontraditional students alike.

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