Assesses progress toward the goal of realizing 60 percent postsecondary degree attainment by 2025. Includes attainment rates by race/ethnicity, rankings by metropolitan area, and state profiles with rates by county, benchmark targets, and projections.
- Observation: The rate of Americans between the ages of 25 and 64 with a two- or four-year college degree is steadily increasing, but the pace of change is far too slow; in 2010, the college attainment rate was 38.3 percent, an increase from 37.9 percent in 2008.
- Observation: By population group, 59.4 percent of Asians, 43 percent of Whites, 26.8 percent of Blacks, 22.8 percent of Native Americans, and 19.2 percent of Hispanics completed a college degree.
- Observation: Among the 100 most populated metropolitan areas, the areas with the highest rate of degree attainment were the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria area (54.4 percent), Boston-Cambridge-Quincy area (54 percent), and San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont area (52.9 percent).