Mapping College Attainment

July 9, 2019

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Title: Those Left Behind: Gaps in College Attainment by Race and Geography

Source: Center for American Progress

Author: Colleen Campbell

A recent article and accompanying interactive map by the Center for American Progress highlights the postsecondary attainment rates for racial and ethnic groups across the nation, as well as the gaps that exist for people of color.

The article discusses three case studies that identify the educational disparities in various parts of the country, including Nevada, Florida, and Washington DC. The article concludes with federal, state, and local policy recommendations to improve postsecondary education, including greater support for historically underrepresented students, enhancing postsecondary funding, and improving community and business partnerships with colleges and universities.

The accompanying interactive map identifies various data points such as county population, share of population with at least an associate degree, bachelor’s degree attainment for racial and ethnic groups, and the attainment gaps for Black, Latinx, and Native degree holders. It also includes institutional profiles that outline enrollment, completion, and other institutional characteristics.

Click here to read the article.

Click here to view the interactive map.

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