Collegeboard Completion Agenda 2012 Progress Report

The College Board Advocacy & Policy Center has released its third annual report on progress toward the national goal of 55 percent of individuals from 25 to 34 years old having a postsecondary credential by 2025.

  • The 2012 Progress Report is more accessible than ever, providing a brief overview and highlighting selected statistics. The thoroughly updated College Completion Agenda website remains the source of detailed information on the Agenda’s 10 recommendations and their associated indicators, which span the entire education spectrum from preschool to college.
  • The website also contains state and national summaries and allows readers to run state comparisons of progress toward each goal. Fresh infographics make the data easy to interpret.
  • A new feature of the College Completion Agenda this year will be a series of CCA Briefs presenting additional research, policy insights and experts’ views on many of the issues. Several briefs are already available on the website, and more will be posted throughout the year.

Key Findings

The 2012 Progress Report contains some encouraging news regarding the overarching goal of “55% by 2025.”

  • In 2010, our nation earned 257,772 more associate and bachelor’s degrees than in 2008, the first year of reported data in the Completion Agenda.
  • 43.1 percent of Americans ages 25 to 34 hold a two- or four-year college degree, an increase of 2 percent from the 2009 figure.
  • According to the most recently released international comparison figures, the U.S. moved from 16th to 14th of 36 nations in terms of the percentage of 25- to 34-year-olds with an associate degree or higher. When looking at the attainment of bachelor’s degrees and above for this age group, the U.S. ranks 11th.
  • 90 percent of Americans ages 25 to 29 have a high school credential, up from 86 percent in 2006, and fully one-third have bachelor’s degrees or higher.

Read the 2012 Progress Report (.pdf/4MB) to delve deeper into these findings and to review progress toward college attainment and completion in the United States today.


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