A Stronger Nation Through Higher Education

A Stronger Nation Through Higher Education

According to a new report from the Lumina Foundation for Education, college-attainment rates for young adults are on the rise in almost every industrialized or post-industrial country in the world, with the exception of the United States. The report, A Stronger Nation Through Higher Education (132 pages, PDF), finds that roughly 39 percent of U.S. adults hold a two- or four-year degree — a rate that has held steady for nearly four decades — and estimates that there could be a shortage of sixteen million college-educated adults in the U.S. workforce by 2025. To help address these issues, the report recommends bolstering the nation's community colleges, providing greater re-training and skill development resources for workers, and increasing educational opportunities for returning veterans and recent immigrants.