Newly-released U.S. Census data reveal Florida achieved the biggest gain in its proportion of working-age adults with a degree or high-quality credential beyond high school in more than a decade.
The state’s 2017 rate of degrees and credentials beyond high school for adults ages 25-64 is 48.3%, outpacing the national rate of 47.6%. Florida’s 1.4 percentage point improvement from last year represents the 8th highest year-to-year gain in the U.S. The increase translates to more than 240,000 additional credentials and degrees for Floridians.
Florida’s Higher Education Coordinating Council set a goal in 2016 to increase the proportion of
Florida adults ages 25 – 64 with postsecondary degrees or credentials to 55% by 2025, to ensure
Florida has the talent needed to meet the needs of its growing economy and population.
“Florida leaders, institutions, and communities are laser-focused on ensuring all Floridians have
the job skills needed to prosper in Florida’s evolving economy, and this increase in credentials
beyond high school is a testament to their efforts,” said Laurie Meggesin, FCAN’s executive
Florida College Access Network (FCAN) has also released a new data dashboard highlighting
Florida degree attainment trends since 2007, degree attainment breakdowns by age groups, and
2017 degree attainment rates and year-to-year trends for all 50 states.