The State of Post-Secondary Attainment in Iowa

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higher education, Iowa, post-secondary attainment, workforce development, neoliberalism

Abstract

By 2025, 70% of Iowa’s jobs will require education or training beyond high school. Despite significant attention and commitment of taxpayers’ dollars, the latest reports suggest these efforts will result in a significant shortcoming. Post-secondary attainment in Iowa has a disparate impact on non-white students, a disparity that has been compounded by COVID-19. This gap between employer needs and workforce talent could put Iowa at a disadvantage to compete in a new global knowledge economy.  

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Published

2022-08-02

How to Cite

Romkey, M. (2022). The State of Post-Secondary Attainment in Iowa. Higher Education Politics and Economics, 8(1). Retrieved from https://ojed.org/index.php/hepe/article/view/4750