Why AtD Matters

 

from achievingthedream.org

A number of factors are converging to make student success more important than ever:

  • National shift toward a skilled labor force
  • National need for more college graduates
  • Record numbers of students enrolling in higher education
  • The demand to earn higher wages

Today's Students

  • About 6.7 million students - nearly half of all undergraduates in the U.S. - are being educated at 1,200 community colleges.
  • Fewer than 46% of students who enter community college with the goal of earning a degree or certificate have met their goal six years later.
  • Today, 42% of whites ages 25-64 have an associate's degree or higher, compared with 26% of African-Americans and 18% of Hispanics.
  • Percentage of young-adult (ages 25-34) degree attainment:
    Canada: 55%
    Japan: 54%
    Korea: 53%
    U.S.: 39%
    Poland: 28%
    Mexico: 19%

Economic Impact

5-15%

 

Economic growth that results from increasing a country's average level of schooling by one year

3:1

 

Every taxpayer dollar invested in community colleges yields $3 in taxes from economic growth

20-30%

 

The difference in earnings of people who hold associate's degrees as compared with those who hold only high school diplomas

60%

 

Jobs that are held by workers with at least some postsecondary education or training