Virginia College Attainment Rate Up but Ranking Falls

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia has dropped one position in a higher education advocacy group's national ranking for college attainment.

The decline comes despite an improvement in the state's college attainment rate.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch ( ) says the Lumina Foundation's latest report ranks Virginia 10th nationally for college attainment, based on 2012 census data. That's down from ninth in 2011.

The report says 45.3 percent of Virginia's 4.4 million working-age adults ages 25 to 64 held a two-year or four-year college degree in 2012, compared to 45 percent in 2011. The national rate for 2012 was 39.4 percent.

The Lumina Foundation is pushing for a national attainment rate of 60 percent by 2025.

Virginia officials have set a goal to award 100,000 additional college degrees by 2025. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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