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Subject: [MCAN-Discussion] A Stronger Nation Through Higher Education 2015, now available

We will share copies of this report at our conference on Monday, but I would really encourage you to check this out:
  • One exciting development is that Michigan's postsecondary educational attainment rate increased by an entire percentage point from 37.4% to 38.4%.  This is the largest year-over-year increase that we've seen since MCAN's inception in 2010.
  • Perhaps even more exciting:  Michigan's postsecondary educational attainment rate among young adults aged 25-34 increased by 2 full percentage points from 38.5% to 40.5%!  
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page for YOUR county's current educational attainment rate to see if you saw an increase from last year.  Either way, update your dashboard with this number.  
Read the brief and share with your networks.

See you next week!


Brandy Johnson
Executive Director, Michigan College Access Network
Our Goal: To increase the percentage of Michigan residents with high quality degrees or credentials to 60% by the year 2025.

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Lumina Foundation

“For America to truly prosper—for the nation to attain, not just individual opportunity and economic security, but social justice and cohesion—an increased sense of urgency is needed to expand college success dramatically, and in all directions,”  said Jamie Merisotis.

Read more: National Effort Required to Close Attainment Gaps Linked to Race, Ethnicity and Age


Lumina Foundation's annual Stronger Nation report tracks the nation’s progress toward Goal 2025.  See the latest degree attainment rates by population group »


Jamie Merisotis is President and CEO of Lumina Foundation


The Urgency of Increasing Higher Education Attainment in America

As postsecondary skills have become essential to success for millions of Americans, few would argue that our nation has all of the talent it needs to prosper. New data reveal that our country risks falling behind in a global race—the competition for innovation and, above all else, talent—unless actions are taken now to significantly increase postsecondary attainment.


Projections by the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce show that more than 65 percent of U.S. jobs will require some form of postsecondary education by the end of this decade. And yet, according to Lumina Foundation’s just-released annual Stronger Nation report on postsecondary attainment rates across America, only 40 percent of working-age adults (ages 25-64) now hold at least a two-year degree.

Read the full op-ed at the Huffington Post »


Track your state's attainment

The full report, individual state briefs and metro area data is available in PDF format, and in an interactive online format. 

Order printed copies of Stronger Nation 2015, and other Lumina publications at

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