Indicator 17: Educational Attainment
How Does Massachusetts Perform?
Massachusetts continues to be the ‘best in class’ when it comes to the percentage of adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher (48.7%) when compared to the LTS (35.3%) or that of the U.S. overall (38.4%) during the 2015-2017 timeframe. Massachusetts remains competitive among the LTS in workforce educational attainment, with 68.7% of its working age population having completed at least some college, 2nd in the LTS behind Minnesota but just a percentage point ahead of 3rd place New Hampshire. Minnesota leads in overall college attainment, due largely to its strong performance with students having less than a four-year degree.
Since 2007 the percentage of adults with a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher in Massachusetts has increased 7.9 percentage points, placing fourth among the LTS in this measure behind New York (14.7), New Jersey (11.2), and Illinois (8.4). The Commonwealth's overall number of college educated workers has increased by 6.8% due to a fall of 1.1% in individuals in the Some College category, which has occurred in 8 of the LTS over this period. North Carolina is the only LTS to have a decline in the percentage of individuals with a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher since 2007, and the only LTS to have a decline in total college educated adults in the workforce.
Massachusetts (17.74) and Rhode Island (17.61) are essentially tied for first among LTS in post-secondary degrees conferred per 1,000 people with Massachusetts being 0.13 ahead due to the For-profit schools. Massachusetts is 0.13 ahead of Rhode Island in Private, Non-Profit while Rhode Island is 1.04 ahead in Public. New Hampshire placed third among the LTS (17.15), followed by Minnesota (14.86), and New York (14.73). Massachusetts also led the LTS in high school attainment of young adults, with an average of 95% of such individuals holding a diploma or equivalent from 2015-2017.
*With non-Utah based students of online Western Governor's University calculated out.
Data Source for Indicator 17: Census Bureau Current Population Survey (CPS) , National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), American Community Survey (ACS)