The Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career Success - One Illinois

A Blueprint for the Future of Illinois

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Goal 1: Increase Educational Attainment
College Graduates


Performance Measures Public
Agenda Baseline
Year 2 2018
Year 10
Benchmarks
Ethnic/Racial Groups: College Graduates.  Eliminating the gap between white and minority graduates.

Gap of 19.5 %

Gap of 21.6% No Gap
  • Five best-performing states and
  • Selected competitor/ neighboring U.S. states

 

Points of Interest

Illinois Attainment Rates

  • Illinois rates for Asian and white students have improved, but the African American and Hispanic college graduate percentage has slipped slightly. (Figure 1.8)
  • The Illinois gap between whites and minorities has grown larger; the gap is now 21.6 percent (the difference between 52.3 percent of whites and 30.7 percent of minorities).  (Figure 1.9)

  • The Illinois gap is larger than the national average and 43 states have a smaller gap than Illinois.  (Figure 1.10)

Figure 1.8. Percentage of Illinoisans age 25 to 44 with an associate’s degree or higher by race/ethnicity, baseline year in gray shadow and current year.
Figure 1.8. Percentage of Illinoisans age 25 to 44 with an associate’s degree or higher by race/ethnicity, baseline year in gray shadow and current year.

Illinois in Comparison to Selected States

Figure 1.9. Percent of adults 25-44 with an associate’s degree or higher – gaps between whites and minorities for the five best-performing states, four high population states, five surrounding states, Illinois, and U.S. Lowest gap is the best.
Figure 1.9. Percent of adults 25-44 with an associate’s degree or higher – gaps between whites and minorities for the five best-performing states, four high population states, five surrounding states, Illinois, and U.S. Lowest gap is the best.

Gaps Between Whites and Minorities

Figure 1.10. Difference in college attainment of an associate’s degree or higher between whites and minorities age 25 to 44. Lowest gap is the best.
Figure 1.10. Difference in college attainment of an associate’s degree or higher between whites and minorities age 25 to 44. Lowest gap is the best.

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