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
Education Level of Adult Population- Age 25-64 with a college degree or certificate.


Performance Measures Public
Agenda Baseline
Year 2 2018
Year 10
Benchmarks
NEW!  Complete College America.  All adults (25-64) with a college degree or certificate. NA 40.8% 51.6%
  • The 2018 goal is based on the national goal of 60% by 2025

 

Points of Interest

Additional 4,400 per Year

  • Illinois recently endorsed the Complete College America goal of 60% of all Illinois adults (ages 25-64) with a college degree or certificate by 2025. (Figure 1.3)

  • Attaining Complete College America’s goal would ensure that the U.S. would again be first in the world in the proportion of young adults with a college degree – the goal the President has set for the country. (Complete College America, 2010)
  • Illinois is not included in the top five best-performing states, yet. (Figure 1.4)

Figure 1.3. College degree and certificates awarded to adults 25-64 (NCHEMS).
Figure 1.3. College degree and certificates awarded to adults 25-64 (NCHEMS).

Goal in 2018

  • The goal of 51.6 percent in 2018 is based on the national goal of 60 percent by 2025.

Illinois in Comparison to to Other U.S. States

Figure 1.4. Percent of adults 25-64 with associate’s degree or higher, five best-performing states, four high population states, five surrounding states, Illinois, and U.S.
Figure 1.4. Percent of adults 25-64 with associate’s degree or higher, five best-performing states, four high population states, five surrounding states, Illinois, and U.S.

[ Goal 1 Progress Update ]