Federal Report: Northwest College Completion Rates Stall

Jul 12, 2012

Young adults in the Pacific Northwest are becoming less likely to hold college degrees, according to a federal report released Thursday.

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education shows that across the country, the share of 25 to 34-year-olds with college degrees crept up from 2009 to 2010. But that’s not the story in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Washington had the highest college-completion rate in the Northwest, at 41.6 percent in 2009. But in 2010, it fell below 41 percent.

Idaho’s fell from above 33 percent to just below that over the two-year period.

Oregon’s rate remained basically flat, at just below the national average of about 39 percent.

In a written statement, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan blamed the “combination of deep state budget cuts and rising tuition prices” for making a college education harder to achieve.

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