Increasing Postsecondary Attainment

In 2017, WTCS and its higher education partners received an "attainment challenge" grant from the Lumina Foundation, a private foundation in Indianapolis committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all.

Lumina is committed to improving student success, closing equity gaps and helping states reach a robust postsecondary attainment goal.

Postsecondary attainment refers to the percentage of residents ages 25 to 64 who have earned a credential beyond high school, such as a certificate, diploma or degree, or completion of a registered apprenticeship. Labor economists estimate that 60% of all jobs will require a high-quality postsecondary credential by the end of this decade.

Higher attainment rates are tied to increased workforce participating and higher earnings.

Wisconsin's higher ed partners set a goal to increase the state’s postsecondary attainment rate from 48.4% in 2016, the most recent year for which data are available, to 60% by 2027.

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