Louisiana: The Return on Investment to Increasing Postsecondary Credential Attainment

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Louisiana 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 Louisiana, the current rate is 28.2%.
  • Louisiana ranks 3rd 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 566,220 degrees by 2025.
  • By achieving rates of the top-performing states, Louisiana can produce about 127,000 bachelor’s degrees, 24,000 associate degrees and 60,000 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 Louisiana is projected to decrease by about $200 in 2025.
  • By meeting top performers, annual per capita income would increase significantly more, by approximately $800 in 2025.


Meeting Top Performance Produces Significant Economic Returns to the State

Status quo produces negative returns

Under current postsecondary investment patterns, Louisiana’s state revenues will decrease by about $170 million in 2025.

Meeting top performance pays off

By meeting top performance, Louisiana will generate more annual revenue, topping approximately $700 million in 2025.

State Revenues Exceed Costs When Top Performance is Met

Status Quo: Costs and revenues decline

Under current postsecondary investment patterns, Louisiana’s postsecondary costs and revenues decline to about -$170
million in 2025.

Top Performance: Revenues exceed costs

 By meeting top performance, Louisiana’s revenues exceed postsecondary costs by approximately $425 million by

This analysis was prepared using the CLASP-NCHEMS Return on Investment Dashboard tool.  See clasp2022.tealmedia.dev/ROIdashboard