Education / Educational Attainment
Education plays a significant role in social mobility, the prevention of poverty, the ability for people to escape the conditions of poverty, and the reduction of crime rates.1-4 Graduating from college or community college significantly increases the likelihood of an individual’s economic success.3-6
Literature suggests that post-secondary education plays an important role in upward mobility.3 Post-secondary education is defined as education attained after high school. This includes but is not limited to colleges, community colleges, and universities. The Post-Secondary Completion indicator measures the percentage the population, 25-years-old and older, with at least an associate’s degree.
While it is recognized that certificate programs are also important to a community, the data for such information is not currently available for analysis.
The measures that Forsyth Futures uses to track progress for Educational Attainment outcomes are listed below; the dashboard shows Forsyth Counties’ status and trends for each measure.
Explore: Educational Attainment Rates in Forsyth County (Current and Trend)
- Haskins, R. (2011). Fighting poverty the American way. Anti-Poverty Programs in a Global Perspective: Lessons from Rich and Poor Countries, Social Science Research Center, Berlin, [Record of a Symposium]. June 20-21, 2011. Berlin, Germany. Retrieved from https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/0620_fighting_poverty_haskins.pdf
- Acs, G. (2011). Downward mobility from the middle class: Waking up from the American dream. Retrieved from http://www.pewtrusts.org/~/media/legacy/uploadedfiles/pcs_assets/2011/middleclassreportpdf.pdf?la=en
- Furchtgott-Roth, D., Jacobson, L., & Mokher, C. (2009). Strengthening community colleges’ influence on economic mobility. Retrieved from http://www.frbsf.org/economic-research/files/Jacobson.pdf
- Sharkey, P., Bryan, G. (2013). Mobility and the metropolis: How communities factor into economic mobility. Retrieved from http://www.pewtrusts.org/~/media/legacy/uploadedfiles/pcs_assets/2013/mobilityandthemetropolispdf.pdf
- Ross, C., & Wu, C. (1995). The links between education and health. American Sociological Review, 60(5), 719-745. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/2096319
- Lochner, L. (2007). Education and crime. Retrieved from http://economics.uwo.ca/people/lochner_docs/educationpolicycrime_nov12.pdf