Raising College Attainment: A National Proposal to Scale Student Success Strategies

Increasing postsecondary attainment offers tremendous promise for increasing social mobility, tackling poverty, and reducing racial and income inequality. In addition to the pride students feel upon graduating, those with a bachelor’s degree earn on average 1341 percent more annually than those with only a high school diploma, and those with an associate degree earn 30 percent more than those with a high school diploma. Communities with higher proportions of residents with college degrees also benefit from greater innovation, improved health and welfare, reduced crime rates, higher civic engagement, and lower reliance on public benefits and countries as a whole experience higher productivity and GDP when college completion rates are higher.