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Record number of students earn high school diplomas, college degrees


Thursday, November 08, 2012
Young people are graduating from high school and college in record numbers, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by the Pew Research Center.

Approximately 90 percent of adults between the ages of 25 and 29 have completed high school, with an additional 63 percent having finished at least some college. These figures represent all-time highs for educational attainment. Additionally, for the first time ever, more than one-third of individuals in this age range have earned a bachelor's degree. While there is room for improvement, these figures indicate unprecedented levels of academic achievement in the U.S.

Educational attainment in the U.S. has never been more important, especially in terms of the economy. Although the U.S. is no longer at the forefront of academic attainment on the global stage, the report shows that more young people are investing in their futures by enrolling in and successfully completing college degree programs.

The study also revealed that many people perceive the value of a college education more highly than in the past. A Gallup poll of American adults in 2010 revealed that 75 percent of them saw earning a college degree as "very important," compared to 36 percent in 1978. This could reflect changes in employer expectations of recent graduates and the realities of the modern workforce.

"The demand for college graduates has been increasing about 3 percent a year, while the supply has increased only 1 percent a year, which is why the college wage premium has increased so precipitously," Anthony P. Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, told The New York Times.ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800902504-ADNFCR

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