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Idaho’s college completion rate drops

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― Idaho is further from its goal of doubling college completion rates by 2020, even as more people earn degrees nationwide. The U.S. Department of Education released numbers Thursday showing 39.3 percent of adults nationwide between ages 25 and 34 had some kind of postsecondary degree in 2010. That's up from 38.8 percent in 2009, according to the census data. At the same time, Idaho's degree rate fell from 33.4 percent to 32.7 percent. Idaho is among states participating in a national campaign aimed at battling dismal college completion rates. The goal: Make sure 60 percent of adults ages 25 to 34 hold an associate or bachelor's degree by 2020. The benchmark falls in line with President Barack Obama's desire to once again make the U.S. the leader in college attainment.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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