Universities aren't graduating enough to keep up with labor market

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The SIU Board of Trustees was challenged Wednesday during its retreat at the Touch of Nature Environmental Center to graduate more students to keep up with a growing need for college-credentialed workers in the state labor market.

James Applegate, Illinois Board of Higher Education executive director, shared with the SIU Board of Trustees Wednesday the Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career Success’ challenge to increase to 60 percent the adults, age 25 to 64, with a college degree or certificate by 2025.

In 2012, only 42.5 percent of adults, age 25 to 64, had post-high school credentials. With SIU’s dwindling enrollments, the school is falling well below the number of degrees it should be conferring to help move the state closer to the 60 percent goal set in 2008, Applegate said.

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