Hawai'i workers with college degrees consistently earn the most.
Median earnings for Hawai'i's population 25 years and older.
Source: B20004: Median Earnings in the Past 12 Months by Sex by Educational Attainment for the Population 25 Years and Over. U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Hawai'i workers with at least a bachelor's degree are less likely to be unemployed.
Unemployment rate for Hawai'i's population 16 years and older.
Source: B23006: Educational Attainment by Employment Status for the Population 25 to 64 Years. U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

People with college degrees earn millions more in their lifetimes.
Expected 40-year earnings by educational attainment for 25-64 year old full-time employees.
Source: "Work-Life Earnings by Field of Degree and Occupation for People With a Bachelor’s Degree: 2011". 2012. U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey. http://www.census.gov/prod/2012pubs/acsbr11-04.pdf

By 2020, 70% percent of Hawai'i's jobs will require some college education.
Source: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. "Recovery: Job Growth and Education Requirements Through 2020." 2013. https://cew.georgetown.edu/wp-content/uploads/StateProjections_6.1.15_agc_v2.pdf

Workers with no college education lost millions of jobs during the recession, and workers with a college education gained those jobs back.
Number of jobs lost/gained during and after the recession, by educational attainment
Source: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. "America’s Divided Recovery: College Haves and Have-Nots." 2016. https://cew.georgetown.edu/wp-content/uploads/Americas-Divided-Recovery-web.pdf



More than 80% of people in Hawai'i think a college degree is helpful or necessary in today's job market.
Source: "Do you feel that a 2- to 4-year college degree is an absolute necessity, helpful but not a necessity, or not necessary to get?". People's Pulse Survey.


91% of bachelor degree earners said that considering what they and their family paid for their undergraduate education, it has paid off or they expect it will pay off in the future.
Source: Pew Research Center. "The Rising Cost of Not Going to College." Chapter 2: Public Views on the Value of Education. 2014. http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2014/02/11/the-rising-cost-of-not-going-to-college/


89% of bachelor degree earners said that considering the current price of tuition, college is a good investment.
Source: Bankrate Money Pulse Survey. "Is college worth it? Americans see it as a good investment". 2016. http://www.bankrate.com/finance/consumer-index/money-pulse-0816.aspx

More of Hawai'i's working age adults have a 2-year or 4-year degree.
Source: B15001: Sex by Age by Educational Attainment for the Population 18 Years and Over. U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Since the launch of the Hawai'i Graduation Initiative, the University of Hawai'i has awarded thousands more degrees
and certificates.
Source: Degrees & Certificates Awarded, Institutional Research & Analysis Office, University of Hawai'i. https://www.hawaii.edu/institutionalresearch/degreeReport.action?reportId=MAPS_DEG_TOC

A higher percentage of Hawai'i DOE graduates enroll in college immediately after graduating, at 56% over the last two years.
Nationwide first fall college enrollment rate.
Source: 2015 CCRI Data, Hawai'i P-20 Partnerships for Education. http://www.p20hawaii.org/resources/college-and-career-readiness-indicators-reports/2015-ccri-data/

A higher percentage of Hawai'i DOE graduates participated in dual credit in high school.
Source: 2015 CCRI Data and Dual Credit Issue Brief, Hawai'i P-20 Partnerships for Education. http://www.p20hawaii.org/resources/college-and-career-readiness-indicators-reports/2015-ccri-data/. http://www.p20hawaii.org/resources/dual-credit-issue-brief/

Dual credit participants enroll in college at higher rates.
Nationwide first fall college enrollment rate for dual credit participants vs. graduates with no dual credit.
Source: 2015 CCRI Data and Dual Credit Issue Brief. Hawai'i P-20 Partnerships for Education. http://www.p20hawaii.org/resources/college-and-career-readiness-indicators-reports/2015-ccri-data/. http://www.p20hawaii.org/resources/dual-credit-issue-brief/