A new report on college attainment holds both good and bad news for Texas. On the positive side, the demand for skilled workers is growing, and there are thousands of good-paying jobs available right now around the state. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough college-educated residents to fill those positions. And unless the pace of degree attainment picks up significantly, Texas won’t have enough talent to meet its future workforce needs.
Now, there is some consolation in knowing that every single state is facing a similar challenge. But according to our new report, A Stronger Nation through Higher Education, Texas now ranks 37th nationally for college attainment. We have some thoughts on how Texas can move up, but first let me offer a few more data points to help set the stage.
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Merisotis is President and CEO of Lumina Foundation. Lumina Foundationluminafoundation.orgTo read “A Stronger Nation Through Education” go to lumimafoundation.org/stronger nation