St. Louis Graduates has adopted Goal 2025: 60% of adults in the St. Louis region will have a postsecondary degree by 2025.
Why Degree Completion Is Important
What It Takes to Succeed: The College Access Pipeline
Research has identified six components to helping students prepare for and succeed in college.
It's important to note that academic success and the ability to persist through the college access pipeline rely heavily on students developing "social-emotional" skills. These are skills such as being able to navigate risk and opportunity, goal setting, communication, collaborative problem solving and responsible decision-making, in addition to being able to demonstrate broader attributes like connectedness with their community.
Where We Stand
The St. Louis region ranks 21st among the top 35 major metropolitan areas in the share of adults with an Associate's degree or higher. However, the St. Louis region ranks 31st in the share of African Americans with a degree.
There is a 14% gap between the percentage of African Americans with a postsecondary degree and the population overall. That is why St. Louis Graduates is committed to equity in degree completion.
Learn more about degree completion in the St. Louis region through the St. Louis Regional Education Dashboard, a joint initiative of St. Louis Graduates and St. Louis Regional Chamber.