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55,000 Degrees Releases Update to Education Scorecard

Louisville, Kentucky’s 55,000 Degrees initiative—a multi-stakeholder effort to achieve 50 percent postsecondary education attainment among the community’s working-age population by 2020—recently released an updated Education Scorecard, highlighting their key findings from 2014. The project identifies adult students as a key lever in achieving Louisville’s ambitious 55,000 degree goal, and includes a focus on working with adults with prior college credit and no degree.

The updated Education Scorecard presents the group’s most recent data, describes key lessons learned since the initiative’s launch four years ago, and reflects on next steps. Through their data collection efforts, 55,000 Degrees has uncovered important trends among adult learners in the area, such as a decline in postsecondary enrollment and persistence rates over the past four years. Executive Director of 55,000 Degrees, Mary Gwen Wheeler noted in a recent interview that as the economy improves, students often elect to return to work, which can lead to lower enrollment and persistence numbers.

The initiative is addressing this issue through its Degrees Matter component, designed to serve the area’s approximately 94,000 working adults with college credit and without a degree. In collaboration with seven local colleges and universities and numerous community partners, Degrees Matter provides resources and coaching to the community’s adult learners seeking to complete a postsecondary credential. Adult learners also benefit from the Degrees at Work program, which collaborates with local employers and employees to promote and facilitate college attendance and completion among the workforce.

The full report is available here

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