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House Resolution 24

PAG LIN HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. BY WINCKLER, ABDUL-SAMAD, LENSING, ISENHART, GAINES, WESSEL-KROESCHELL, GASKILL, M. SMITH, MASCHER, HUNTER, THEDE, T.?TAYLOR, HEDDENS, KRESSIG, KAJTAZOVIC, HANSON, KEARNS, STECKMAN, WENTHE, PETERSEN, OLDSON, KELLEY, SWAIM, WITTNEBEN, WOLFE, MUHLBAUER, and BERRY 1 1 A Resolution to urge the Governor to accept the 1 2 invitation to join the Alliance of States for 1 3 Complete College America. 1 4 WHEREAS, by the end of this decade more than 60 1 5 percent of jobs will require college education, and 1 6 today only 46 percent of Iowa's adults aged 25=34 have 1 7 a college degree; and 1 8 WHEREAS, too many students get lost along the way 1 9 to attaining an undergraduate degree, hindering Iowa's 1 10 economic growth; and 1 11 WHEREAS, the graduation rates for Iowa's community 1 12 colleges vary widely by institution, with rates between 1 13 19 percent and 61 percent of the students attending 1 14 Iowa's community colleges completing certificate 1 15 programs or associate degrees within 150 percent of 1 16 normal program time; and 1 17 WHEREAS, 65 percent of white undergraduate students 1 18 at Iowa's public universities graduate in six years, 1 19 but only 35 percent of African=American students and 50 1 20 percent of Hispanic students graduate in six years; and 1 21 WHEREAS, Iowa must raise completion rates overall 1 22 and place extra focus on closing the college attainment 1 23 gap for underrepresented students; and 2 1 WHEREAS, Complete College America was established 2 2 in 2009 as a national nonprofit organization working 2 3 to significantly increase the number of Americans with 2 4 a college degree or credential of value and to close 2 5 attainment gaps for traditionally underrepresented 2 6 populations; and 2 7 WHEREAS, Complete College America was founded to 2 8 focus solely on dramatically increasing the nation's 2 9 college completion rate through state policy change, 2 10 and to build consensus for change among state leaders, 2 11 higher education, and the national education policy 2 12 community; and 2 13 WHEREAS, governors from 24 other states have 2 14 accepted the invitation to join the Alliance of 2 15 States for Complete College America by pledging to 2 16 make college completion a top priority, and to set 2 17 completion goals, develop action plans, move key policy 2 18 levers, and to collect and report common measures of 2 19 progress; NOW THEREFORE, 2 20 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, That 2 21 the Governor is urged to accept the invitation to join 2 22 the Alliance of States for Complete College America and 2 23 to develop and deploy innovative, statewide strategies 2 24 designed to substantially increase college completion. LSB 2504HH (4) 84 kh/nh
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