Number of Arizonans with degrees on the rise - Tucson News Now

Number of Arizonans with degrees on the rise

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By Chelsee Moe/ Tucson News Now Intern 

PHOENIX (Tucson News Now)-- The percentage of Arizona adults with bachelor's degrees has risen to 26.6 percent, according to a report from the Arizona Board of Regents.

This number is up from 25.9 percent in 2010. 

The Regent say's they've made increasing the number a priority to ensure an educated workforce for the state. The national average is 28 percent.

"This is positive news for Arizona as higher education attainment is directly linked to our state's economic success and individual earning potential,"  Regents chairman Rick Myers said.  "Higher education drives innovation, ideas, research and entrepreneurial activity that results in business development and job creation throughout the state.  States with populations that have higher educational attainment rates also fare better when it comes to attracting and retaining businesses."

An increase has taken place over the past three years with the number of bachelor's degrees awarded by the university system.  Community college transfers are also up. Arizona state schools are headed in a great direction.

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