Idaho: The Return on Investment to Increasing Postsecondary Credential Attainment

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Idaho Must Improve College Participation and Credential Attainment Rates to Remain Competitive


  • To remain globally competitive, the U.S. and each state should ensure that at least 60% of adults ages 25 to 64 have an associate or bachelor’s degree by 2025. In Idaho, the current rate is 34.7%.
  • Idaho ranks 12th among 50 states in the size of the degree gap it needs to fill. To meet the 60% goal, it will need to produce an additional 191,246 degrees by 2025.
  • By achieving rates of the top-performing states, Idaho can produce about 94,000 bachelor’s degrees, 47,000 associate degrees and 22,000 certificates by 2025.


Meeting Top Performers Produces Significant Personal Economic Return


Per capita income increases when the state meets top performers

  • Under current postsecondary investment patterns, annual personal per capita income in Idaho is projected to increase by about $160 in 2025.
  • By meeting top performers, annual per capita income would increase significantly more, by approximately $1,300 in 2025.



Meeting Top Performance Goal Produces Significant Economic Returns to the State

Status quo produces small returns

Under current postsecondary investment patterns, Idaho’s state revenues will increase by about $46 million in 2025.

Meeting top performers pays off

By meeting top performance, Idaho will generate more annual revenue, topping approximately $370 million in 2025.


State Revenues Exceed Costs When Top Performance is Met

Status Quo: Costs exceed revenues

Under current postsecondary investment patterns, Idaho’s postsecondary costs exceeds state revenues by about $21 million in 2025.

Meet top performance: Revenues exceed costs

By meeting top performance, Idaho’s revenues exceed postsecondary costs by approximately $60 million in

This analysis was prepared using the CLASP-NCHEMS Return on Investment Dashboard tool.  See