65 by ’25 Urgency

For many years, Alaska has consistently ranked among the poorest performing states in postsecondary access and completion. Alaska currently ranks 49th in the United States at 29.5 undergraduate credentials awarded per 1,000 18- to 34-year-olds with no college degree, and is one of a minority of states with higher rates of degree completion among 35- to 64-year olds than 18- to 34-year olds.

Meanwhile, the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development projects that roughly 65% of Alaska’s fastest-growing, high-wage jobs will require some form of postsecondary credential by the year 2020. With levels of postsecondary participation, retention and completion consistently rating among the lowest in the nation, immediate and focused action to improve postsecondary access and completion is critical.
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