Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

The Completion Agenda: Community Colleges in the Limelight

President Barack Obama has set some very ambitious goals for postsecondary attainment based on the premise that America cannot lead in the 21st Century unless it has the best educated, most competitive workforce in the world. The effort for accomplishing this aim involves increasing by 50 percent the number of Americans with a postsecondary certificate, credential, or degree by 2020. And, a College Board publication, The College Completion Agenda—Progress Report (2011), warns that if postsecondary success is not a national priority, the Nation’s economic and social health would continue to weaken. The report targets associate degree completion, in part, to erase disparities in educational attainment for low-income and minority students. Thus, producing more than half the degrees needed to increase completion in America from 41.6 to 55 percent and as a way to achieve the President’s goal.