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Education chief: Kansas needs to double college attainment rate

Associated Press, March 8, 2017

Citing a report from the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute, The state of Kansas, Education Commissioner Randy Watson Watson said that by 2020, 71 percent of the jobs in Kansas will require some level of post-secondary education. But according to data from the National Student Clearinghouse, which tracks post-secondary enrollment and progress nationwide, only about 65 percent of Kansas students who graduated in 2010 enrolled in college the following year. And six years after graduation, fewer than 40 percent had earned any kind of degree or training certificate.

Do you see already the issue that the State Board of Education is wrestling with? Watson asked. If only 65 percent start, and we need 70 to 75 percent, we already have a gap. Read more>

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