Lumina Foundation – Working toward degree completion

An article from the Lumina Foundation in USA Today provides an urgent call to action for degree attainment. The US workforce demands it!

This week  A Stronger Nation through Higher Education was released by the Lumina Foundation showing college attainment rates for the largest 100 metro areas in the US. The Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro region ranked 24th in the country by population. Summaries for each state are also provided. Oregon-2012 provides a statewide and county snapshot of degree attainment. What does the data say to you? What action needs to take place?

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Talent Dividend – What is the cost of college completion?

CEOs for Cities has identified talent development as fundamental to successful cities. Their research indicates that 58 percent of a city’s success, as measured by per capita income, can be attributed to the percentage of the adult population with a college degree.

City Dividends, which was developed by Portland, Ore., economist Joe Cortright calculates the monetary gains the top 51 metros could realize if they increase their college attainment by one percentage point (The Talent Dividend), reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) by 1 mile per person per day (The Green Dividend) and reduce the number of people in poverty (The Opportunity Dividend) by one percentage point.

Oregon Campus Compact is proud to lead the regional effort around the Talent Dividend. We are just getting going… stay tuned for more information!

Our effort is aligned with Governor Kitzhaber’s 40/40/20 initiative and the Multnomah County Cradle to Career initiative. Click on their links to learn about the goals and stay connected to progress.