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Earn a College Degree
or Career Credential
Building an education system that allows all students to earn a degree
or career credential with labor market value is the foundational goal of
the Road Map Project. We know our region's economy increasingly
demands it, and 97% of parents in the Road Map Project region
feel it is important for their child to go to college. Yet enrollment and
completion rates have remained flat for the past 10 years.
Enrolling and Persisting in College
Sixty percent of students in the Class of 2012 enrolled
in college within a year of their high school graduation.
Tis is known as "direct enrollment." Direct enrollment
rates in the Road Map Project region have not changed
in the past decade.
When we look at whether students entering college
continue on to a second year, we see that about 10% of
students do not return for their second year. Terefore,
only about half of high school graduates are persisting in
college. Persistence rates have also remained relatively flat
over the past several years.
In order to evaluate how many students earn a college
degree, we must look at students who graduated from
high school in 2007. Tese students have had six years to
accumulate credits and complete a program of study. Only
35% of 2007 high school graduates have earned a two- or
four-year degree. Unfortunately, at this time, we are not
able to include data on one-year credentials with labor
market value, but we hope to next year.
When looking at completion rates for students of color,
the disparities are striking. Asian and White students
complete degrees at twice the rate of Black, American
Indian/Alaskan Native and Hispanic students. Given that
research tells us 67% of the jobs in our region will require
a college degree or a career credential by 2018, we are
doing these students a great disservice.
We must be steadfast in our commitment to changing the
trajectory for students in our region, and make bold and
innovative changes to improve our current systems. Tere
are many new efforts aimed at improving postsecondary
enrollment, persistence and completion, though we can't
expect immediate results. In 2014, the Road Map Project
will dive further into postsecondary data. Tis will allow us
to better understand the barriers students are encountering
on their path to a degree, as well as the supports that are
helping students succeed. Tis will allow more focused
strategies and course-correction as we move forward.
ROAD MAP PROJECT ANNUAL RESULTS REPORT: DECEMBER 2013
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of 2013 Annual Report
Table of Contents
Introduction: What is the Road Map Project?
The Need & Opportunity
The Results Report: Indicators & Targets
Healthy & Ready for Kindergarten
Supported & Successful In School
Graduate from High School College & Career-Ready
Earn a Cllege Degree or Career Credential
Road Map Project History
2013 Annual Report