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Community Colleges: The Key to Meeting the Attainment Challenge. Dennis P. Jones SHEEO Higher Education Policy Conference Providence, Rhode Island August 11, 2010. The Size of the Challenge.

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community colleges the key to meeting the attainment challenge

Community Colleges:The Key to Meeting the Attainment Challenge

Dennis P. Jones

SHEEO Higher Education Policy ConferenceProvidence, Rhode Island

August 11, 2010

the size of the challenge
The Size of the Challenge

If the target is 60% of 25-34 year olds having a college degree by 2020 (the Obama goal), the gap (beyond current production levels) is 8.2 million.

If the target is 60% of 25-64 year olds having a college degree by 2025 (the Lumina goal), the gap is 22.9 million.

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Closing the gap – assuming target is 25-64 year olds – will require getting many more adults to point of program completion
total funding per degree certificate community colleges 2007 08
Total Funding per Degree/Certificate, Community Colleges (2007-08)

157,772

Source: NCES, IPEDS Finance and Completions Surveys

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Adults with Some College (No Degree) as a Percent of Adults with Associate and Bachelor's Degrees (25 to 44 Year Olds)

Source: ACS, 2006-08 Public Use Microdata Sample

educational attainment by degree of entry delay general trends
Educational Attainment By Degree of Entry Delay: General Trends

% degrees attained

Source: BPS-96 survey.

educational attainment by degree of entry delay by income
Educational attainment by degree of entry delay: By income

Lowest income quintile

Second income quintile

Third income quintile

Fifth income quintile

Fourth income quintile

policy issues
Policy Issues
  • The absence of policy leadership regarding state-level attainment goals
  • High-value certifications
    • Definitions
    • Data
    • A place at the policy table
  • WIA
    • High value certifications a requirement
  • Attention to adults
    • Program design
    • Financing (e.g., incentives for adult completers)