Group aims for increase in post-secondary degrees for Michiganders

Michigan Radio Newsroom

The Michigan Postsecondary Credential Attainment workgroup wants more people in Michigan to obtain some type of post-secondary credential by 2025.

That's according to a report the workgroup released this week.

Right now, 46% of adults in Michigan hold a technical or occupational certificate, associate degree or higher. The group has set a goal to increase this to 60% by 2025.  

Michigan board of education president John Austin facilitated the group, which was made up of education, business, labor and government leaders. They convened over several months in 2014.

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Lansing State Journal

LANSING - Michigan lags the rest of the country in educational attainment. A group of policy experts, lawmakers, educators and business leaders wants that to change. Tuesday, they made the case that the state should invest in putting itself on par with the 10 most-educated states.

“We have to up our game across the board,” John Austin, president of the Michigan State Board of Education and the representative for the Michigan Postsecondary Credential Attainment Workgroup, told officials today at the Capitol.

The group was releasing a report that calls on Michigan to set a goal of 60 percent of its population having some sort of post-secondary credential, the same benchmark being promoted by the Lumina Foundation, one of the sponsors of the report. That would require 64,000 additional associate degrees, 231,000 new bachelor's degrees and more than 45,000 more advanced degrees over the next 10 years, not to mention more than 400,000 new occupational credentials or certifications, the report states.

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Can Michigan catch up? Group sets goal to boost college degrees, credentials by 2025


LANSING, MI — Michigan must do more to help residents attain college degrees or training certificates if the state hopes to compete for the jobs — and develop the job creators — of the future, according to a coalition of education, business, labor and government leaders.

"Nothing is more important to Michigan's economy," said Board of Education president John Austin, who joined other members of the Michigan Postsecondary Credential Attainment workgroup at the state Capitol on Tuesday for the release of a new "action plan" report.

The workgroup recommended the state set an aggressive goal of ensuring that at least 60 percent of Michigan residents have a post-secondary credential of some type by 2025.

Only 38 percent of Michiganders currently have an associates degree or higher, and another 7.5 percent have earned technical or occupational certificates, according to the new report.

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