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USA Today: Milwaukee leads in percentage growth of college graduates

Graduation is this weekend for many Milwaukee area schools.  Bill Cosby will be at my alma mater, Marquette University, for its ceremony on Sunday.

I’ve cited this before, but the Milwaukee region has one of the highest college students-per-capita ratios in the United States. Local colleges, universities and technical schools enroll more than 100,000 students in any given year, including 60,000 in undergraduate programs, 15,000 in graduate programs and 25,000 in associate degree and vocational diploma programs.  Milwaukee’s a college town.

And, college educated people in their 20s and 30s are moving to cities.  From 2006 to 2011, major metro areas grew their college populations 17 percent.  Milwaukee, according to this story, grew 45.3 percent.  This makes it a leader, behind only San Antonio.  Sure, you can argue we had further to grow.  But, growth is growth.

A new USA Today analysis details the metro areas that saw spikes in population of people ages 20 to 30 with a bachelor's degree.  All major metros are listed.  

Also important in the graduation game is getting our area’s current students to graduate.  Remember this study?  One percent means $1 billion.  

Keep it up and step it up, Milwaukee.  We can and must continue to do better.  


fetlarpo | May 18, 2013 at 5:17 p.m. (report)

I wonder if this also means we have some of the largest amounts of student loans in the country. This delays savings, marriage and housing needs. Generation debt.

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