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U.S. College Completion Rate Inches Up Half a Percentage Point

The country still ranks 16th worldwide in the number of citizens holding a college degree.

From 2009 to 2010, the percentage of Americans who attained a college degree increased by about half a percentage point as the U.S. still ranks 16th in completion rates compared to other countries.

Based on U.S. Census data, the number of adults between the ages of 25 and 34 holding a post-secondary degree increased from 38.8 percent in 2009 to 39.3 percent in 2010, the Huffington Post reported.

According to HuffPo, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is expected to address the college completion issue during a speech before the National Governor’s Association on Friday.

The Indianapolis Star reports that rising tuition costs is one of the several reasons why more young adults aren’t graduating from college. The news site reported that tuition at four-year public universities increased 15 percent between 2008 and 2010.

"We've made some progress, but the combination of deep state budget cuts and rising tuition prices is pushing an affordable college education out of reach for middle-class families," Duncan says in prepared remarks, as reported by The Star.

President Barack Obama’s administration has set a goal that by 2020, 60 percent of adults would be holding a college degree.

Despite the slow pace, HuffPo reported that Duncan is expected to point to the marginal increase in completion rates as a sign that the U.S. is making progress toward that goal.

Angela July 16, 2012 at 10:18 PM
OK, you got me there, friendly debate.......hmmmmm. a debate where someone isn't in a attack mode against another. I state my opinion, you state yours, enough said. I don't take attacks against you personally, and I expect the same. This is what is wrong with this world. Everyone is in attack mode, and it is not cool. That is why nothing gets accomplished ever. So Mark, please be an adult, which I know you are, and share your thoughts, opinions etc, do not act like a 13 year old and try to upset someone, cause you look like the fool .Thanks. <3
Angela July 17, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Oh mark. You cease to amaze me. I'd much rather sip coffee with a conservative any day over someone who trash talks a woman like the way you do. Your mom/ wife/ daughters must be so proud, the again you are a preacher of Obama.
Angela July 17, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Stop stealing my stuff btw. Thanks
Andrew Ziemba July 17, 2012 at 02:19 AM
LoL the troll is hungry, he wants more food. Troll says feed me. You keep feeding him!
chris July 17, 2012 at 03:22 AM
The truth is that a college degree is next to worthless nowadays. Any idiot can graduate college. What needs to happen is for college to be lore exclusive and less accessible to people. Then people with degrees can actually get jobs in their fields of study. Most of the people I know with a college education can barely compose a sentence in proper English. If everyone has a degree then it literally means nothing. Education used to distinguish people from the everyday dolts. Our economy needs gas station attendants and doctors. If the guy selling me my iced tea and Marlboros doesn't have 100k in student loans he's going to be better off and can then use his wage to have a decent standard of living. We need to make it so the brightest have the ability to seek higher education and those not as intelligent are directed to other job markets.

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