New Group Strives to Increase College Degrees

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Among the many organizations whose stated purpose is to increase the number of youths who earn a postsecondary degree, add another to the list: Complete College America.

The organization – formed in 2009 – recently announced that 17 states have joined its effort to “dramatically increase the number of young adults with a college degree or credential.”

According to Complete College America, the states have agreed to set degree goals, develop and implement action plans to meet those goals, and collect and report student outcome data on progression toward the goals.

The organization is working with $12 million in initial funding from donors that include the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Lumina Foundation for Education.

Complete College America says the states in its alliance will receive in-depth technical support from experts on improving college success, developing policy action plans and applying for and effectively using federal funding to produce more degrees, as well as annual networking opportunities.

The states that have joined the alliance are Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia.