Maryland praised for college completion outcomes in new report

A new report published by the Institute for Research on Higher Education found that Maryland is leading the nation in terms of the number of students successfully earning college degrees, reports Inside Higher Ed.

Maryland is one of the strongest states in the country in higher education attainment. According to the report, the state ranks fourth in the number of adults who have at least an associate's degree. Academic leaders across the state will need to continue to work to make sure that education remains accessible to more people, and encourage increasing numbers of individuals to fill out college applications and earn their degrees.

Education officials hope to encourage young people to fill out college applications, and want at least 55 percent of Maryland's population to hold a minimum of an associate's degree by 2020. The report also notes that by 2018, 66 percent of jobs in the state will require at least some college education.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Maryland has done a better job of keeping tuition costs down than some other states. The authors of the report say that one of the biggest challenges for academic leaders in the state will be introducing steps to improve graduation rates in today's challenging economic conditions.

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