Economic Growth Through Increased College Enrollment

Two powerful trends will have dramatic impacts on the U.S. economy and workforce. Demographic forces already at work in our country’s schools will add millions of minorities to the college-aged population. These racial and ethnic minorities, particularly Hispanics, are underrepresented in college today and over-represented in low-skill, lowwage jobs, suggesting that, as the Baby Boom generation retires, educational attainment and workforce skill-levels will decline. Meanwhile, many states—particularly those who have relied on a manufacturingbased economy in the past—are now at work transforming their workforce and economy into one that can compete in a global knowledge-driven economy.

2006