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College degree attainment sees uneven growth for racial groups

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Monday, January 22, 2024   

The U.S. has seen an increase in the percentage of adults with a college degree, helping to boost lifetime earnings.

But a new report shows the nation still has trouble closing racial gaps for higher education attainment, including in Minnesota.

The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce says between 2010 and 2020, the proportion of U.S. residents with degrees increased by nearly 7%, leading to $14 trillion in additional net earnings over workers' lifetimes.

However, Center Director Tony Carnevale said even though all racial groups saw positive movement, there wasn't any substantial change in narrowing gaps.

"What we have here is a race in which everybody is running faster," said Carnevale, "but no group is really changing their position in the race."

He said that undermines efforts to establish racial and economic justice.

The report says Minnesota mirrored national progress with a 7% increase in college degree attainment. However, the racial gap widened for Black adults by nearly 6%.

If the U.S. wants to get serious about eliminating these disparities, Carnevale said it starts with creating an even playing field in early childhood education and K-12 schools.

"Getting from childhood to a good job in the United States is a long walk," said Carnevale, "and you have to focus every step of the way. Because the way the American system works is that people from less advantaged families begin to lose ground in the early grades."

The report's authors say if all racial and ethnic groups had the same college degree attainment as white adults, workers would see an additional $11 trillion in lifetime earnings.

That would be on top of the $14 trillion already forecast.

Carnevale said there are encouraging developments on the policy front with more states trying to blend career training with post-secondary education.

"The boundaries are melting," said Carnevale, "and that has very positive effects."

Support for this reporting was provided by Lumina Foundation.




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