Postsecondary education refers to education that occurs after high school. Traditionally people often think of 2- and 4-year colleges, but postsecondary education can refer to a broad range of educational opportunities, such as technical schooling, apprenticeships, Adult Education, and other learning opportunities that typically result in a degree or credential of value.
Maine has adopted a statewide attainment goal: 60% of Mainers will have degrees or credentials of value by 2025. As of 2021, that number stands at 52.6%. Below is a snapshot of postsecondary education in Maine.
We must increase access and achievement at every stage of the pipeline in order to achieve this goal, focusing special attention on demographic groups that face barriers to achieving credentials that lead to family-sustaining wages. Accordingly, we need to ensure that postsecondary pathways are truly accessible to and affordable for Maine families. In addition, we know national postsecondary enrollment rates declined during the pandemic which highlights the tremendous need to focus on these students.