Closing the Postsecondary Attainment Gap: Midwestern Competitiveness in a Global Economy

The United States is losing ground to other countries in the proportion of its workforce that possesses a college degree. Given the relationship between educational level, employment and growth, the rising credentials gap threatens the future economic competitiveness of our nation. President Obama has expressed a commitment to ensuring that our nation will once again lead the world in having the highest proportion of students graduating from college by the year 2020. According to the State Higher Education Executive Officers, in order to maintain pace with top performing countries the United States will need to produce a projected 15 million additional postsecondary degrees and other credentials by 2025.