Oregon wants to close gap in completing college

Oregon wants to close gap in completing college

Once the world leader for college completion, the U.S. now ranks 10th, with less than three in 10 full-time community college students completing an associate degree after three years.

Oregon and 16 other states are now working to improve the situation by setting college-completion goals, developing plans to meet those goals and reporting the progress of their students.

Oregon has set a goal of seeing 40 percent of its adult, working-age population gain a bachelor's degree or higher by 2025. The goal also calls for another 40 percent of adults to earn at least a community college degree, and the remaining 20 percent to have at least a high school diploma.

Now, 36 percent of Oregon residents between ages 25 and 34 have a community college degree or higher. Oregon's college completion rate is 15 percent for community college students, 54 percent for public four-year university students and 67 percent for students attending private four-year colleges, according to Complete College.

Read the full story at OregonLive.com.

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