Percentage of young Americans with PSE degrees rises slightly

July 12, 2012

The proportion of young Americans who possess college degrees edged up in 2010, according to data released yesterday by the US Department of Education. The share -- 39.3% of 25- to 40-year-olds in 2010, the most recent data available -- still trails the level needed to achieve President Obama's goal of making the US the country with the highest portion of college graduates by 2020. The figures, which amount to a 0.5% increase over 2009, include associate, bachelor's, and graduate degree recipients. To attain Obama's goal, some 10 million more young people will need to earn a degree, according to department figures. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)