Massachusetts is the most educated state in the nation, an achievement that translates into better health and a stronger economy than most Americans experience.
Public four-year universities deserve a share of the credit, since they have relatively high graduation rates surpassed by only seven other states. Add to that the extraordinary concentration of private colleges that draw students from all over the world, a healthy slice of whom stay. Then, there are the jobs at the hospitals, biotech firms, and other companies that attract to Massachusetts talented people who arrive with their diplomas already framed.
But don’t let that lull you into thinking that all is well. Only 18 percent of Latino and a quarter of Black adults have a bachelor’s degree, compared to 45 percent of white adults.
The above excerpt was originally published in The Boston Globe.
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