Degree-Attainment follow-up: WaPo and the Lumina report

As a follow-up to the previous post, I thought I’d share the Washington Post write-up of the Lumina report, along with the report itself.  For the pdf, click below:


The pages of the report that specifically deal with Texas are on 95-6.  One figure that Kever did not report can be found here:

How do we know that Texas’ economy will demand more college graduates? A recent analysis by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce provides the answer. According to the center’s analysis of occupation data and workforce trends, 56 percent of Texas’ jobs will require postsecondary education by 2018 . . . . It will be impossible to reach the Big Goal without significantly increasing college success among the groups that can accurately be called 21st century students, including working adults, low-income and first-generation students and students of color (95-6).

Closing the attainment gaps that currently exist among Texas’s population groups will be one of the most important ways for the state to come even close to reaching the Lumina goal of 60% degree attainment, from our current 33%.



2 Comments on “Degree-Attainment follow-up: WaPo and the Lumina report”

  1. Cathy says:

    Related, the state’s most recent accelerated plan for the 2015 Closing the Gaps initiative can be found at

  2. Dave Mazella says:

    Thanks, Cathy. The recommendations for Higher Ed can be found on pp. 13-14. They focus on increasing Hispanic and African-American male student participation, increasing STEM awards in those areas, and increasing numbers of teachers through all teaching certification routes. There’s also an interesting suggestion about increasing grant funding for early intervention programs (9).

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