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Beyond the economic benefits, data shows that the workforce of tomorrow will depend on the United States’ ability to grow baccalaureate degree attainment.  The number of individuals in the population with a bachelor’s degree today is equal to those with a high school diploma more than 60 years ago.  The economy has grown to accommodate the job demands for these individuals, and workforce projections emphasize the growth expected in careers that require a bachelor’s degree or higher.  Out of the 27 careers expected to grow at a rate of 15% or higher over the next eight years, 17 (63%) will require a bachelor’s degree or higher.  Our future global competitiveness rests upon the ability to increase educational attainment at these levels during the next 15 years.

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