Texas’ young adults rank 40th na­tion­wide for col­lege de­grees

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE -

WASHINGTON — Texas is one of the least highly ed­u­cated states in the coun­try, ac­cord­ing to a study re­leased Thurs­day by the com­pany that ad­min­is­ters the SAT and Ad­vanced Place­ment tests.

Among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Texas falls in the No. 40 spot for res­i­dents be­tween the ages of 25 and 34 who hold an as­so­ci­ate de­gree or higher, ac­cord­ing to the study by the Col­lege Board.

Less than one third, or 27 per­cent, of Tex­ans in that age range have earned a post­sec­ondary de­gree. The na­tional av­er­age is 41 per­cent.

Richard Red­dick, an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor in the Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion at Uni­ver­sity of Texas, said he is not sur­prised that Texas has a low col­lege de­gree at­tain­ment rate. Red­dick said the state has a large num­ber of first-gen­er­a­tion col­lege stu­dents, as well as a high per­cent­age of low-in­come stu­dents who of­ten are ill-pre­pared for col­lege or un­able to fin­ish col­lege be­cause of fi­nan­cial strug­gles.

The study, which fo­cused on data from 2007, found that the District of Columbia has the high­est per­cent­age of young peo­ple with col­lege de­grees. More than 62 per­cent of D.C. res­i­dents be­tween the ages of 25 and 34 have a post­sec­ondary de­gree.

Arkansas is in last place, with 22.5 per­cent of the younger pop­u­la­tion hav­ing a post­sec­ondary de­gree.

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