By 2025, 70% of Rhode Islanders will have a postsecondary credential.
Today, 47% of Rhode Islanders have a postsecondary degree or credential -- up from 43% just two years ago. Rhode Islanders without a college degree are twice as likely to be unemployed. Residents with an associate degree, on average, earn roughly 20 percent more than Rhode Islanders with a high school diploma. Rhode Islanders with a four-year bachelor's degree earn nearly 40 percent more. We have an economic imperative to help more Rhode Islanders acquire the skills they need to fill the kinds of high-demand, high-wage jobs we want in our state.
On February 22, 2018, Governor Raimondo joined Council Chair Bill Foulkes, Commissioner Dann-Messier, students, and education leaders to unveil Rhode Island's roadmap to reaching the ambitious attainment goal of 70% by 2025. Read the press release.
Now that we've released the roadmap, our next step is to continue our engagement with community leaders, students, employers, and higher ed partners. Based on their input, we will develop a postsecondary attainment dashboard to track our progress.