Make a comeback and finish your degree!

WHY IT MATTERS

THE GOAL 

To increase the state college completion rate from 47% to 70% by 2025.

Graduate! Rhode Island’s goal aligns with the Lumina Foundation’s Goal 2025 to increase college completion rates. As a community collaboration between higher education, community agencies and employers, Graduate! Rhode Island’s mission is to connect local adults with the support and resources that will help them get back to and through college.

NATIONAL OUTLOOK

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There are 36 million individuals in the United States with some college credit but no degree. Many stopped out because of a mismatch with the college or university they started attending, difficulties balancing family and life issues with school, finances or debt. Now, they are barred from many jobs with good pay that require a college credential, their children have no role models for college completion at home, and they may still carry the stigma of failure.
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By 2020 65% of all jobs will require college education. Time is running out for regions relying solely on a K-12 pipeline, and not all cities are magnets for recent college grads. These returning learners immediately infuse the regional talent shed with their new skills and expertise.
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Increasing the number of adults with degrees has a generational multiplier effect: When an adult earns a degree the youth in their household are three times more likely to finish high school, go to college and earn a degree themselves.

LOCAL FOCUS

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In Rhode Island, over 260,000 adults have completed a high school diploma or earned some college without obtaining a degree
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Currently, only 47% of adults in RI over 25 years old hold a post secondary certificate or higher.
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Figures show that the state of Rhode Island is funding public colleges and university at levels below its support for them in 1963, ranking 42nd nationally in its support for higher education. We aim to turn this around by promote education awareness and work to establish Rhode Island as a national leader in degree attainment.

Contact us today! Call 401-736-1126 or email info@gradri.org

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