College-Attainment Rate Plods Along, Pushing Lumina to Focus on Cities

The percentage of American working adults with a college degree ticked up from 38.3 percent in 2010 to 38.7 percent in 2011, the Lumina Foundation reported on Thursday, underlining the difficulty of reaching the group's lofty goals for improving college attainment.

The current pace, which has seen the college-attainment rate grow by less than a percentage point over the previous four years, would leave the country well short of Lumina's goal of catapulting the proportion of the