Why AtD Matters


from achievingthedream.org

A number of factors are converging to make student success more important than ever:

  • National shift toward a skilled labor force
  • National need for more college graduates
  • Record numbers of students enrolling in higher education
  • The demand to earn higher wages

Today's Students

  • About 6.7 million students - nearly half of all undergraduates in the U.S. - are being educated at 1,200 community colleges.
  • Fewer than 46% of students who enter community college with the goal of earning a degree or certificate have met their goal six years later.
  • Today, 42% of whites ages 25-64 have an associate's degree or higher, compared with 26% of African-Americans and 18% of Hispanics.
  • Percentage of young-adult (ages 25-34) degree attainment:
    Canada: 55%
    Japan: 54%
    Korea: 53%
    U.S.: 39%
    Poland: 28%
    Mexico: 19%

Economic Impact



Economic growth that results from increasing a country's average level of schooling by one year



Every taxpayer dollar invested in community colleges yields $3 in taxes from economic growth



The difference in earnings of people who hold associate's degrees as compared with those who hold only high school diplomas



Jobs that are held by workers with at least some postsecondary education or training