Working in the higher education arena, I come across a lot of shocking statistical information—I mean truly shocking. For example, did you know student loan debt is currently hovering near the one trillion dollar mark? One trillion dollars. For the record, that’s a 1 followed by twelve zeros. That’s not only a shocking number, but a number that says something significant about higher education in our country.
Numbers and statistics are important to understanding the conversation on educationtoday. They can often tell a story – through their matter-of-factness – that words cannot adequately express. When we look at numbers as they relate to higher education, there is much we can learn.
Currently, twenty percent of all first- time undergrads take at least one remedial class.
Most college students (58.2%) under 30 attend school on a part time basis
In the United States today, only 11% of students from the bottom income quartile hold a college degree; compared with 79% of students from the upper income quartile who hold a college degree
In Oregon, for every 100 students that enter public 2- and 4-year colleges, only 38 graduate within an 8-year timeframe.
In Oregon, 28% of residents hold a 4-year college degree, compared with 38% nationally.
On a global scale, only 6.7% of the world’s population holds a 4-year college degree
In most states – and countries – the younger generation of adults is more educated than their elders. In Oregon, adults aged 25–34 are less educated than their parents’ generation, with fewer earning certificates or degrees beyond high school.
* Sources: USA Today (2012), NBC News Education Report, Complete College America, Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac (2012), Oregon Blue Book
Below is the final panel discussion from this year’s conference in Philly.
It is an intriguing question we thought would be aptly answered by John Perkins, the storied civil right leader and founder of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), Stephan Bauman of World Relief and Lisa Sharon Harper at Sojourners.
It is worth it alone for the exhortation and prayer at the end by Dr. Perkins.
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The below is a letter from Keith Wright, International President of Food for the Hungry, to their global team of 2,700 employees.
FH is an wonderful organization doing amazing and innovative work around the globe.
Keith’s letter is an honor and a blessing.
Dear FH Family -
I recently read a book that I recommend for the FH community: “Pursuing Justice: The Call to Live and Die for Bigger Things” by my friend and pastor Ken Wytsma.
Given our call to do justice globally as an organization, I found Wytsma’s book a useful resource for ourselves and those who partner with FH. It is a good source for defining a broad theology of biblical and social justice that is informative and inspiring. Even better, it provides a clear biblical basis for the sacrificial living and action that I see in so many of your lives as you serve around the world. I believe it could also be a good resource in introducing teams and volunteers to a biblical understanding of justice our calling as a community.
You will find some good references to FH’s work in the book as well.
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