New National Report Ranks Tennessee 43rd In US For College Attainment

Jun 14, 2013


College attainment is the percentage of adults between the ages of 25 and 64 holding some kind of post-secondary degree. The new report from the Lumina Foundation found that just over 32% of those adults in Tennessee hold degrees.  The national average is 38.7%. Governor Bill Haslam has set a state goal for college attainment rates of 55% by 2025.  But the Lumina report estimates that at current rates, Tennessee will reach only 39% by that time. A study last year from Georgetown University predicted that by 2018, more than half of all jobs in Tennessee (54%) will require some post-secondary education.  Williamson (61.09%), Knox (45.75%) and Davidson (42.47%) counties have the highest college attainment rates in the state.