Despite persistent appeals from policymakers and politicians to increase the number of college graduates in the United States, a new report projects a shortfall of nearly 24 million degree-holders by 2025, according to the Hechinger Report. The cost to the U.S. economy in lost wages and income taxes? About $600 billion a year. They're the most dramatic figures yet in the ongoing debate about the need to improve the rates at which Americans successfully complete a higher education. In order to reach the goal of having 60 percent of adults with college degrees by the year...

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