The share of adults with an associate or higher degree varies widely by race and ethnicity in the West. White adults, who represent a majority of the region’s adult population, had an attainment rate of 52% in 2020 compared to the next largest population, Hispanic adults, who had an attainment rate of 22%.
Notes: Attainment levels are for adults ages 25-64. Data not available for the U.S Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2016-2020 American Community Survey (ACS) Public Use Microdata (PUMS).
Senior Research Analyst, Policy Analysis and Research
Colleen Falkenstern serves as a research analyst in WICHE’s Policy Analysis and Research unit. In her role, she supports the development of WICHE’s annual data resources—Regional Fact Book for Higher Education in the West, Benchmarks (of access and success), and Tuition and Fees in Public Higher Education in the West. She also provides analytical support for WICHE’s quadrennial projections of high school graduates, Knocking at the College Door. She received a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from the University of South Carolina—Columbia and a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Denver.