Back to College is a series of reports that illuminates the millions of Californians who stopped out
of college before completing their degree and now pay the price through diminished earnings and limited economic and social mobility. View California Competes report.
The post-Great Recession economy has divided the country along a fault line
demarcated by college education. For those with at least some college education,
the job market is robust. View report.
METRO REPORT—The national rate of educational attainment beyond high school is 46.9 percent. However, it is the nation’s population centers – the so-called Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) – that truly drive progress. View Lumina Foundation report.
NATIONAL REPORT—The nation faces an urgent and growing need for talent. To meet that need, many more people must earn college degrees, workforce certificates, industry certifications and other high-quality credentials. View Lumina Foundation report.
CALIFORNIA REPORT—California’s attainment rate is 48 percent. By 2025, 60 percent of Americans will need some type of high-quality credential beyond high school.Educational attainment in California exceeds the national average, but work remains before it reaches 60 percent. View Lumina Foundation report.
Download Interview: College of Continuing Education (CCE) at Sacramento State Dean Jenni Murphy discusses the Summit and ProjectAttain! in the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning's (CAEL) July 2018 Workforce and Economic Development in Action (WED) Update.
Since 2010, California Competes’ research, policy briefs, and analyses have identified and honed in on the challenges of California’s higher education system and the actions policymakers must take to address them. California Competes develops nonpartisan and financially pragmatic recommendations for improved policies and practices in California higher education. Opportunity, creativity, enterprise, efficiency, and equity are the lenses through which they serve to guide the state in improving postsecondary education to drive economic growth and build vibrant communities.
- California Competes’ “Mind the Gap: Delivering on California’s Promise for Higher Education” presents revised data on what California's degree gap will look like in 2025.
- California Competes’ Executive Director Lande Ajose discusses the “Mind the Gap” report.
- California Competes issued “Wanted: Social and Economic Mobility for California’s Stranded Workers” to build a profile of the millions of adults who are seeking job advancement in California without a college degree.
Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. They envision a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials. It is the nation’s largest private foundation focused solely on increasing Americans’ success in higher education.
- Learn more about Luminas goal Lumina's goal to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60% by 2025.
The inaugural Summit on Educational Attainment for Working Age Adults was held in Sacramento on May 23, 2018 to consider the current situation and start a regional conversation about the future. Click on the speaker’s name to view their presentation.
Increasing Adult Attainment: An Economic Imperative
Jade Arn, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
Completing a Degree: Accelerated College Education and Bachelor’s Through Online and Local Degrees
Buffy Tanner, Shasta College
KC Degrees: Reconnecting Adults to College
Cedric Deadmon, Mid-America Regional Council
Jessica Gibson, Tennessee Higher Education Commission
The Graduate! Network
Hadass Sheffer, Graduate! Network
Dr. Jenni Murphy was featured in a video contest for "Champions of Change" at Sacramento State. Watch the video to hear her describe the educational attainment movement, joined by fellow alumni and students from degree, certificate and non-credit programs.