While Making Progress in Increasing Education Attainment, Ohio Still Lags Behind National Average
The Ohio Department of Higher Education has a goal for 65% of the state's adults (age 18 to 64) to have "a degree, certificate or other postsecondary workforce credential of value in the workplace by 2025."
As one of forty states with similar attainment goals, Ohio has made remarkable progress in the face of declining national and state college enrollment. Since 2008, while national attainment has risen by 7.9 percentage points, Ohio has increased by 8.7%. Total education attainment now stands at 43.6% in Ohio and 45.8% in the nation. These and other facts of note can be found in the Lumina Foundation's new edition of its annual report on education attainment beyond high school, Stronger Nation. Significantly, in 2014, the report began including an estimate of workforce certificates in its attainment reporting.
Lumina, with an endowment in excess of $1 billion, is the nation's largest private foundation focused entirely on increasing the success of Americans in higher education. Their Stronger Nation report - different from previous years - is a fully interactive data visualization that allows for local as well as national comparisons between states, metropolitan areas, and counties. Stark, for instance, is ranked 24th in degree attainment among Ohio's 88 counties.
While Lumina says that "we're still not making enough progress," the foundation notes that having attainment goals, like Ohio's, are critical to getting there. While Stronger Nation presents a comprehensive view of the education attainment of those between age 25 and 64, unfortunately, it does not include the 18 to 24 year-old group where much of the effort of Stark's school districts and the Stark Education Partnership has been focused in recent years.
Ohio - down 8% between 2011-16 at University System of Ohio Schools.
Lumina uses 2015 as the most recent year in its report.