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June 15, 2013

Indiana sees slow progress on college degrees

INDIANAPOLIS — A new report shows Indiana is struggling to make significant progress toward its goal of having 60 percent of adults earning college degrees or certificates by 2025.

The Lumina Foundation found just 33.8 percent of working-age Hoosiers had college degrees in 2011. That's up from 33.2 percent in 2010 but leaves Indiana the lowest state in the Midwest for college attainment.

Indiana higher education commissioner Teresa Lubbers tells The Indianapolis Star she wants to see more dramatic change.

The Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce predicts that 55 percent of Indiana jobs will require post-secondary education by 2018.

Gov. Mike Pence has made job creation a priority by establishing regional work councils to help connect career education with job needs.

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