How does Iowa rank compared to the national average?
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Iowa excels in several education indicators, such as overall degree attainment, young adult participation, and postsecondary productivity. However, policymakers should consider the impact of credential production on wages and labor market demand. Specific strategies to produce high-demand, high-wage credentials in business, STEM and the health sciences could have dramatic effects on overall wages for college graduates and job growth in these industries. Targeted investments in postsecondary education could sustain completion gains made by young adults, while providing increased access to older adults and minorities. Leveraging state funds in this way might propel Iowa into the upper echelon of states. However, lack of action could produce the opposite effect: a situation where Iowa loses its economic comparative advantages.
To achieve economic growth, the state might leverage higher education productivity and high net migration to create job density in high-demand fields.
Boosting College Completion has produced a comprehensive 50-state legislative database related to college completion and workforce development. The database will grow as we continue to collect and analyze policies.
Highlights of Iowa’s policies:
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Boosting College Completion has developed a policy profile for Iowa based on an analysis of data and policies related to college completion and workforce development.
Iowa is a national leader in degree production among young adults. Nearly 46% of workers age 25 to 34 hold a college degree, which compares well to the New England states and Minnesota. However, the state might consider leveraging these successes to increase production of high-demand credentials and participation among adults over 35. With the college attainment gap between young and older adults the second largest in the nation at 9.9%, increasing college completion rates for the older population could significantly improve wages and the state’s economic competitiveness.
To address the need for postsecondary credentials and to increase economic opportunity, Iowa should develop a strategy for leveraging state postsecondary investments to both increase college completion rates and meet workforce needs. The strategy should include ambitious statewide goals and identify metrics for measuring progress toward those goals. While Iowa graduates high school students at the fourth highest rate in the nation, increasing college retention could lead to improvements in already-high young adult completion rates.
To improve college attainment rates among recent high school graduates and older adults in a manner that positively impacts the economy, the general assembly might:
News & Updates
Boosting College Completion is tracking bills during the 2012 legislative sessions that relate to college completion and workforce development. Check out the measures we are keeping on in Iowa:
Rep. Josh Byrnes has introduced the following legislation:
Sen. Herman C. Quirmbach, Chair, Education Committee
Rep. Greg Forristall, Chair, Education Committee
Sen. Brian Schoenjahn, Chair, Education Appropriations Subcommittee
Rep. Cecil Dolecheck, Chair, Education Appropriations Subcommittee
Iowa is participating in the following national initiatives that are related to college completion and workforce development:
Common Core Standards Initiative
SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium
Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Program (TAACCCT)