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Why It Matters!
There are 36 million individuals in the United States with some college credit but no degree. We call them the Comebackers. Many stopped out because of a mismatch with the college or university they started attending, difficulties balancing family and life issues with school, finances or debt. Now, they are barred from many jobs with good pay that require a college credential, their children have no role models for college completion at home, and they may still carry the stigma of failure.
By 2020 65% of all jobs will require college education. Time is running out for regions relying solely on a K-12 pipeline, and not all cities are magnets for recent college grads. Comebackers immediately infuse the regional talent shed with their new skills and expertise.
Increasing the number of adults with degrees has a generational multiplier effect: When an adult earns a degree the youth in their household are three times more likely to finish high school, go to college and earn a degree themselves.
Community by community and state by state, The Graduate! Network is leading a growing national movement to increase college completion among adults
Every adult who aspires to earn a college degree has access to the resources and supports they need to start and complete a college degree
- Every adult is connected to an individual who knows how to go to and through college.
- Understanding the value of a degree and knowing how to succeed in college are ubiquitous within all communities, and across socioeconomic groups.
- Adults have affordable college options at accredited institutions.
- The practice of investing in adults completing college is mainstream in talent, workforce, and economic development strategies.