More Americans — especially Latinos and women — will enroll in college and complete degrees through 2020, predicts a report by the National Center for Education Statistics. However, the increase won’t be enough to meet President Obama’s goal: 60 percent of young Americans with a college credential.
NCES projects a 26 percent increase in associate degrees and a 21 percent increase in bachelor’s degrees by 2020.
The number of high school students will decline and a higher percentage of college students will be older than the traditional age, according to the report.
The new push for work force-relevant certificates, the recent enrollment boom and the sharp rise in Latino enrollment will raise completion numbers higher than the federal estimates, Dewayne Matthews, vice president for policy and strategy of the Lumina Foundation, told Inside Higher Ed.