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Preparation for work and life today requires postsecondary attainment. That means community college, career or technical college, and in many instances, a 4-year degree and beyond. It’s indisputable that someone with a postsecondary degree or certificate will make more money and have more earning [power] than a person who does not.

- Marc Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League

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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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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37.0%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
AK Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 66%
2025 Projected Attainment: 41.3%

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33.1%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
AL Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 62%
2025 Projected Attainment: 39.5%

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29.3%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
AR Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 59%
2025 Projected Attainment: 36.2%

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36.7%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
AZ Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 68%
2025 Projected Attainment: 41.4%

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

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39.7%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
CA Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 67%
2025 Projected Attainment: 44.0%

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47.5%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
CO Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 74%
2025 Projected Attainment: 52.9%

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

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47.5%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
CT Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 70%
2025 Projected Attainment: 53.2%

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38.4%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
DE Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 63%
2025 Projected Attainment: 42.7%

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38.1%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
FL Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 65%
2025 Projected Attainment: 44.2%

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37.4%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
GA Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 65%
2025 Projected Attainment: 43.3%

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

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42.6%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
HI Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 70%
2025 Projected Attainment: 47.4%

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

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41.8%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
IA Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 68%
2025 Projected Attainment: 51.2%

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36.1%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
ID Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 68%
2025 Projected Attainment: 40.9%

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Idaho’s Goal: 60% of adults ages 25-34 by 2020

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42.5%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
IL Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 70%
2025 Projected Attainment: 49.6%

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

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34.4%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
IN Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 62%
2025 Projected Attainment: 41.1%

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

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41.3%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
KS Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 71%
2025 Projected Attainment: 47.6%

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

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31.7%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
KY Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 62%
2025 Projected Attainment: 39.5%

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

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29.1%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
LA Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 56%
2025 Projected Attainment: 34.5%

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

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50.5%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
MA Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 72%
2025 Projected Attainment: 56.1%

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

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45.5%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
MD Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 69%
2025 Projected Attainment: 51.8%

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

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39.0%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
ME Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 66%
2025 Projected Attainment: 45.0%

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37.4%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
MI Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 70%
2025 Projected Attainment: 43.2%

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

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47.7%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
MN Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 74%
2025 Projected Attainment: 56.6%

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36.6%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
MO Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 66%
2025 Projected Attainment: 43.6%

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

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31.1%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
MS Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 61%
2025 Projected Attainment: 37.8%

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

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39.8%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
MT Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 66%
2025 Projected Attainment: 46.7%

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

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38.4%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
NC Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 67%
2025 Projected Attainment: 45.4%

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

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45.6%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
ND Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 72%
2025 Projected Attainment: 54.8%

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43.0%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
NE Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 71%
2025 Projected Attainment: 50.6%

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46.7%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
NH Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 68%
2025 Projected Attainment: 53.4%

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

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45.8%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
NJ Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 68%
2025 Projected Attainment: 52.9%

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35.1%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
NM Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 63%
2025 Projected Attainment: 39.2%

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30.1%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
NV Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 62%
2025 Projected Attainment: 34.9%

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45.1%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
NY Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 69%
2025 Projected Attainment: 52.4%

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36.5%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
OH Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 64%
2025 Projected Attainment: 43.3%

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32.9%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
OK Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 64%
2025 Projected Attainment: 38.0%

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39.8%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
OR Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 70%
2025 Projected Attainment: 45.5%

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

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39.7%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
PA Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 63%
2025 Projected Attainment: 47.3%

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43.2%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
RI Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 71%
2025 Projected Attainment: 49.6%

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36.1%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
SC Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 62%
2025 Projected Attainment: 43.5%

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

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39.6%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
SD Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 65%
2025 Projected Attainment: 46.6%

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33.3%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
TN Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 58%
2025 Projected Attainment: 40.2%

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

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34.6%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
TX Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 62%
2025 Projected Attainment: 39.0%

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



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41.4%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
UT Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 64%
2025 Projected Attainment: 47.0%

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

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45.3%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
VA Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 67%
2025 Projected Attainment: 53.0%

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

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47.0%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
VT Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 65%
2025 Projected Attainment: 54.1%

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



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42.8%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
WA Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 70%
2025 Projected Attainment: 47.4%

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

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40.9%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
WI Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 62%
2025 Projected Attainment: 48.5%

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27.8%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
WV Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 55%
2025 Projected Attainment: 34.3%

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37.0%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64
WY Jobs Requiring Postsecondary Education by 2020: 65%
2025 Projected Attainment: 41.9%

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