June 27, 2011
“The Undereducated American”
According to the latest report from the Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce, the United States is not keeping pace with a growing demand for college-going workers and will need to add likely 20 million post-secondary-educated workers in the next 15 years. This solution would make our country’s “level of educational attainment comparable with other developed nations, help us meet the economy’s need for efficiency and reverse the growth of income inequality.”
Though this 20 million might sound daunting, the evidence in this report suggests that it is “not beyond our capacity.” Reaching this number over the next 15 years is a matter of adding 12 million more students total, but less than a million extra every year. This information is also in line with Utah’s HigherEdUtah 2020 Plan where we need to have 66% of our state’s workforce with a post-secondary degree or training by the year 2020.