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Maryland Brief 2012

Maryland is a national leader in educational attainment; the state ranks fourth in the United States in the percentage of adults who have earned at least an associate degree. Even so, Maryland aspires to improve its performance. By 2025, the state hopes to increase to 55% the share of its adult population with at least an associate degree.

To reach this goal, Maryland must improve the performance of higher education. Based on trends in degree production and projected population growth, Maryland needs to increase its annual production of associate and bachelor’s degrees by 5.1 percent per year so that by 2020, 55 percent of its workforce (ages 25 to 64) will hold at least an associate degree, which is the level of attainment of the best-performing nations. By 2018, projections suggest that 66 percent of all jobs in Maryland will require at least some postsecondary education or training.

Press Coverage 

Urbanite (2/22/12): Achievement Gap

Baltimore Sun (2/20/12): Maryland's higher education gains at risk

Baltimore Sun (2/17/12): Report says Md. must do more to help poor, minority students complete college

Inside Higher Ed (2/17/12): Report Praises Maryland Higher Ed but Cites Problems for Underserved 

Penn News (2/17/12): Despite Leadership, Maryland Higher Education Is Leaving Citizens Behind, Penn GSE Study Finds


This report was part of the State Review Project, a project commissioned by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Lumina Foundation for Education. Read more about the State Review Project.