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26 J U LY 2 015 S I T E S E L E C T I O N et the countdown begin. And let more people stand and be counted. In April, the Lumina Foundation — whose goal is to see 60 percent of US adults possess a high-quality post-secondary degree, certifcate or other credential by 2025 — released its latest progress report, "A Stronger Nation through Higher Education." It showed that only 40 percent of working-age Americans (ages 25-64) held a two- or four-year college degree in 2013 — the most recent year for which data are available. That fgure is up from 37.9 percent in 2008. "Economists and other experts give us good reason to be convinced that reaching Goal 2025 is a national imperative," said Jamie P. Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation. "We have just 10 years to reach it, and our current pace of progress is insuffcient for meeting employers' workforce needs and addressing the growing inequality issues we face as a nation. For America to truly prosper — for the nation to attain, not just individual opportunity and economic security, but social justice and cohesion Credit Where It's Due The United States still has a ways to go to attain one organization's goals for post-secondary credentials. b y A D A M B R U N S a d a m . b r u n s @ s i t e s e l e c t i o n . c o m L W O R K F O R C E D E V E L O P M E N T Georgetown University helps Washington, D.C., lead the nation in post-secondary educational attainment among adults aged 25-64. Photo courtesy of Georgetown University

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