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College Completion

"Education at a Glance: 2018"

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An international study highlights large state-to-state differences in college-completion rates across the United States.

The annual report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, released last week, finds 48 percent of young U.S. adults had completed a higher education degree in 2017. In the District of Columbia, 73 percent of young adults held a higher degree—a larger share than in South Korea, which led OECD countries with a 70 percent college-attainment rate. In Nevada, only 30 percent of young adults had a higher degree—on par with Chile or Hungary.

The 43-percentage-point gap between states in this country is the largest of any OECD country except Russia. The study compared adults ages 25 to 34 in 48 member and partner countries.

Vol. 38, Issue 05, Page 4

Published in Print: September 19, 2018, as College Completion
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