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Number of Americans With A Bachelor’s Degree Continues To Grow




A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that over the past 15 years the number of Americans holding at least a bachelor’s degree has steadily increased, a trend that holds up for every racial and ethnic group.To get more news about 美国大学毕业证, you can visit jzjy001.com official website.

The report, Bachelor's Degree Attainment in the United States: 2005 to 2019, uses data from the American Community Survey (ACS) comparing three non-overlapping five-year periods (2005–2009, 2010– 2014, and 2015–2019) to chart changes in educational attainment over that time span.

The ACS is an ongoing survey conducted by the Census Bureau that provides a range of information on a yearly basis about the U.S. population. It surveys various topics such as jobs and occupations, educational attainment, veterans, whether people own or rent their homes, and other subjects. It has an annual sample size of 3.5 million addresses across the United States and Puerto Rico and is conducted in every county throughout the nation and every municipio in Puerto Rico.
Counties that began the 2005-2009 period with higher than the national average attainment experienced greater percentage gains (3.8%) than counties that began below the national average (3.0%). In other words, the county gaps between the “haves” and the “have nots” expanded.

According to the report, “Roughly half of counties that were below the national average in 2005–2009 experienced significant increases in the share of the population with a bachelor’s degree or higher, while over three-quarters of counties that were above the national average in 2005–2009 experienced significant increases.”
In counties in the Northeast, the average of the population with at least a bachelor’s degree was 29.8%, compared to 25.4% for those in the West, 21.9% for Midwest counties, and 19.7% for counties in the South. Counties in the Northeast had the fastest rate of growth (4.2 percentage points) over the 15- year period compared to slower rates in the counties in the other regions - Midwest (3.6 percentage points), West (3.1 percentage points), and South (3.0 percentage points).

Bottom line: there’s some good news and some bad news in these results. First, the good news. During a period when total college enrollment has been falling, the number of adult Americans holding an undergraduate degree has ticked up modestly. That progress may reflect the large-scale policy efforts that have emphasized degree completion, like those advocated by Complete College America and the Lumina Foundation. And it’s also testimony to the hundreds of colleges and universities across the country that have worked hard to increase student retention and graduation rates.

But then there’s the bad news. Disparities in degree attainment continue for a number of minority groups, despite earnest efforts to cut those down. And geographic gaps have grown, with the South falling more behind other regions over this time period. Given the higher personal earnings, the lower levels of unemployment, the better health outcomes, and the higher rates of community engagement strongly associated with higher levels of education, the importance of increasing - but more importantly - improving the equality of educational attainment must remain an important national priority.
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