Mayor Greg Fischer released a report today indicating that Louisville is making significant progress toward the community’s goal of adding 55,000 college degrees by 2020 – gaining 7,000 more college graduates in a one-year period and gaining ground on competitor cities. “We are united with one common agenda: to make Louisville a well-educated city where lifelong learning is part of everyday life and is ingrained into our DNA,” Fischer said.
The second annual report by 55,000 Degrees – a group led by university presidents, educators, business and civic leaders – shows Louisville is progressing toward 40,000 new bachelor’s degrees and 15,000 associates/technical degrees. The effort began two years ago with the creation of the Mayor’s Education Roundtable and was formalized last October with the creation of the non-profit group.
Despite the gain, Louisville will have to increase the rate of progress to meet the goal of 55,000 more college degrees, Fischer said. The report’s findings also include:
55,000 Degrees is focusing on several specific challenges to boost the numbers higher toward the ultimate goal, said Mary Gwen Wheeler, interim executive director of 55,000 Degrees. The areas include:
Fischer said the community will have to work together to overcome the challenges and meet the goal. “When people ask me about 55,000 Degrees, they often say, ‘Wow, that’s a huge number,’” he said. “And I say the way we will reach it is simple: one degree at a time.”
For more information about 55,000 Degrees, go to www.55000degrees.org.
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