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By the Numbers

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Attainment

In order to better understand higher education attainment in Rhode Island, the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner collects data to answer questions about who goes to college; what level do they stop formal education; how many people complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Form (FAFSA); and more. Data analysis informs us on the types of policy changes we recommend, for example, and help identify areas of concern, such as the number of Rhode Islanders who do not advance beyond a high school diploma. Why is that a concern? Because the state set a goal for 70% of Rhode Islanders to earn the postsecondary degrees and credentials needed to qualify to work in high-wage, in-demand jobs. As of April, 2021, our attainment rate is 53%. 

We all deserve the opportunity of a quality education, so Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner staff work very hard to ensure that policies are fair and equitable and that they change with the times. We share this information so that everyone can review the data of their own hometowns with an eye to postsecondary goal-setting and preparation that will contribute to attainment, local economic success, and personal fulfillment.