“By 2020, the United States will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.”This is President Obama’s 2020 attainment goal that he committed to during his 2009 State of the Union address. As a college degree is becoming more and more essential in order to find a job and achieve financial success, it is interesting to look at how this standard has changed over the course of the last 65 years. This map from the Chronicle of Higher Education depicts the number of adults with college degrees in the United States, by county, since the 1940’s. It is fascinating to look at how much more prevalent a college education has become, even over the past 10 years. Some interesting stats from the graph are:
- In 1960 only 9.7% of men and 5.8% of women had a college education. This took a major jump over the course of the next 30 years and by 1990, 23.3% of men and 17.6% of women were college educated.
- By 2005-2009, women were within 2 percentage points of their male counterparts.
- The northeast appears to have the densest concentration of college graduates.
The concept of “doing more with less” continues to be more important today than in years past. So many schools and districts are struggling with budget cuts and looking for innovative ways to maximize their district funds. In light of this, I thought it was especially important to share all the resources I know of to help districts get the most for their money.
Both the Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Connect solutions can help you do just that. Baltimore City Public Schools have saved over $1.5 million per year by creating digital curriculum guides for the district’s 7,500 teachers. To learn more about how school districts are reducing costs while keeping a high quality of education and direction for their instructional programs, check out this whitepaper: 5 Ways for School Districts to Do More with Less.
Hi, I’m Leslie — another member of the K12 team and a new blogger. I’m excited to be here and I look forward to creating a dialogue with you over the course of the year. Recently I have been reflecting on 2009 and contemplating what is in store for education and technology in 2010 (not only because it is my job but because it is so important!)
I was just introduced to Chris Lehman’s blog. He is a principal at a Philadelphia high school and has some exciting ideas about the role technology plays in schools. In one of his articles he challenges school leaders to shift the way they think about technology; more than just engaging kids, schools should be empowering them and providing more access to the tools and Web sites that teenagers’ are frequenting with on a daily basis. Striving for empowerment leads to a more student-centered classroom, which is a concept we strongly believe in at Blackboard (bringing the students to the center of the educational experience is something we work hard to do every day!)