Attainment
Current State Attainment Rate
56.3%
State Attainment Rate Goal*
60.5%
*Virginia will be the top state in educational attainment and reach the 60.5 percent / 10 percent benchmarks of working adults having a degree/certificate by 2030. Goal set by State Council for Higher Education in Virginia in 2015.
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Statewide goals help state leaders, college and university officials, employers, and community representatives establish a shared agenda. A strong goal meets these criteria:
Quantifiable. Includes a number or percentage increase that can be quantitatively measured over time
Challenging. Represents a stretch. For example, it cannot be easily achieved by following historic trends
Time-specific. Tied to a long-term target date to demonstrate commitment and drive expectations
Addresses gaps. Designed to close attainment gaps for underrepresented populations, particularly students who are Black, Hispanic, or Native American; people from low-income families, and adults who have not yet earned credentials.
Codified. Formalized in a way that influences the state's postsecondary strategic plan, budgeting practices and/or state policy initiatives
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Lumina's state policy agenda reflects the shifts in state policy needed to reach the nation's 60% attainment goal. These policies provide clear steps to drive their education reform needs.
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A Stronger Nation
59.3% attainment rate in Virginia

Virginia's overall rate of educational attainment has increased by 15.9 percentage points since 2009.

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