Overall Indicators

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My Degree Counts Indicators: Overall Indicators

These represent our overall indicators: attainment rates, talent dividend growth measurements, and degree completions over time by gender and race/ethnicity.

The Talent Dividend is part of CEOs for Cities’ latest research on the City Dividends. The City Dividends calculates the monetary value to cities and the nation of increasing college attainment rates by one percentage point (Talent Dividend). More below…

*The Talent Dividend defined: In a move to increase the political and civic will to produce more college graduates and thereby help cities capture real economic gains, CEOs for Cities has calculated the Talent Dividend. Increasing educational attainment, measured by raising the four-year college attainment rate by one percentage point in each of the 51 largest metropolitan areas, would be associated with an increase in per capita income of $124 billion per year for the nation. Monetizing these achievements serves as a powerful motivator to urban leaders to act urgently to achieve results (http://www.ceosforcities.org/city-dividends/talent/).

The “percent change” is calculated year over year since the beginning of the Talent Dividend competition. For example, in 2009-2010, the Talent Dividend competition had not yet begun, so the percent change in degree completions for the competition was 0%. The first year of the competition, the percent change was determined by subtracting degree completions in 2009-2010 from degree completions in 2010-2011 and then dividing the remainder by degree completions in 2009-2010. The resulting “percent change” is the change in total degree completions since the start of the Talent Dividend.

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