Idaho Flunking in Postsecondary Degrees


Idaho is heading in the wrong direction, according to new data regarding college graduation rates in the United States.

The U.S. Department of Education released new numbers Thursday, revealing college attainment state-by-state based on Census Bureau data from 2009 to 2010.

Nationwide, the percentage of 25- to 34-year-olds with some kind of postsecondary degree rose half a percentage point from 38.8 percent to 39.3 percent.

But Idaho numbers indicate a drop from 33.4 percent down to 32.7, representing nearly 66,871 young adults in Idaho without a postsecondary degree in 2010, nearly 1,000 fewer than 2009.

"Every capable, hard-working, and responsible student should be able to afford to go to college. That's not a Democratic dream or a Republican one. It's the American Dream," said U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

To achieve a postsecondary degree achievement goal of 49-60 percent by 2020, Idaho would need to see degrees handed to 107,000-130,000 young adults.