Education
Adults Pursuing Further Education
Source: Arkansas Department of Higher Education
Adults Pursuing Further Education
2018
Arkansas County4.4%
Ashley County3.2%
Baxter County4.2%
Benton County2.5%
Boone County3.5%
Bowie County, Texas0.4%
Bradley County3.3%
Calhoun County3.0%
Carroll County1.6%
Chicot County2.1%
Clark County4.5%
Clay County2.2%
Cleburne County2.8%
Cleveland County2.8%
Columbia County5.0%
Conway County3.3%
Craighead County3.4%
Crawford County2.7%
Crittenden County4.1%
Cross County3.6%
Dallas County3.5%
Desha County5.0%
Drew County4.0%
Faulkner County4.4%
Franklin County4.1%
Fulton County2.8%
Garland County4.8%
Grant County3.0%
Greene County3.4%
Hempstead County3.8%
Hot Spring County3.0%
Howard County3.3%
Independence County4.3%
Izard County3.2%
Jackson County3.2%
Jefferson County4.7%
Johnson County3.3%
Lafayette County2.5%
Lawrence County3.4%
Lee County2.3%
Lincoln County2.1%
Little River County2.5%
Logan County3.4%
Lonoke County4.0%
Madison County1.5%
Marion County2.7%
Miller County2.2%
Mississippi County4.4%
Monroe County3.3%
Montgomery County2.6%
Nevada County2.8%
Newton County2.4%
Ouachita County4.0%
Perry County2.9%
Phillips County4.7%
Pike County2.6%
Poinsett County2.9%
Polk County3.6%
Pope County4.0%
Prairie County2.9%
Pulaski County4.7%
Randolph County3.6%
Saline County3.3%
Scott County2.8%
Searcy County3.4%
Sebastian County2.7%
Sevier County2.7%
Sharp County3.7%
Stone County3.7%
Union County4.0%
Van Buren County2.5%
Washington County3.2%
White County4.1%
Woodruff County2.4%
Yell County2.5%

Source: Arkansas Department of Higher Education
Notes: Working age adults are people 25 to 64.




Number of Adults Pursuing Further Education
2018
Arkansas County391
Ashley County320
Baxter County793
Benton County3,553
Boone County640
Bowie County, Texas196
Bradley County178
Calhoun County81
Carroll County217
Chicot County108
Clark County428
Clay County161
Cleburne County332
Cleveland County111
Columbia County524
Conway County350
Craighead County1,874
Crawford County874
Crittenden County991
Cross County300
Dallas County122
Desha County273
Drew County348
Faulkner County2,735
Franklin County364
Fulton County162
Garland County2,342
Grant County281
Greene County779
Hempstead County401
Hot Spring County537
Howard County211
Independence County794
Izard County213
Jackson County286
Jefferson County1,622
Johnson County440
Lafayette County85
Lawrence County270
Lee County111
Lincoln County162
Little River County153
Logan County370
Lonoke County1,546
Madison County123
Marion County214
Miller County487
Mississippi County920
Monroe County112
Montgomery County111
Nevada County117
Newton County90
Ouachita County476
Perry County152
Phillips County398
Pike County142
Poinsett County345
Polk County343
Pope County1,233
Prairie County116
Pulaski County9,710
Randolph County320
Saline County2,055
Scott County140
Searcy County129
Sebastian County1,760
Sevier County226
Sharp County302
Stone County219
Union County795
Van Buren County200
Washington County3,686
White County1,588
Woodruff County75
Yell County263

Source: Arkansas Department of Higher Education
Notes: Working age adults are people 25 to 64.



STATE TREND

Decreasing


4.4%

2018
1% = 15,182

What does this measure?

The share of working-age adults (25-64) who are pursuing post-secondary education (including certificates of proficiency, technical certificates, associate degrees, bachelor's degrees, and graduate study) in Arkansas universities.

Why is this important?

Adults engaged in post-secondary training or retraining are acquiring knowledge and skills which can enhance opportunities to employability and productivity for their families and communities. Adults' choices about whether to pursue further education are often shaped by the general availability of job prospects at their current education level.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2018, 4.4% of Arkansas' working-age adults were enrolled in further education, similar to the 4.6% enrolled in 2017, but down from 6.2% in 2011 (a decrease of roughly 27,700 adults in terms of enrollment). The share of adults pursuing further education decreased steadily from 2013 to 2018. This trend was likely due to improving economic and job market conditions in this time period that made pursuing education and training less attractive. Across Arkansas' counties, the share was lowest in Carroll and Madison counties (1.6% and 1.5%) and highest in Columbia, Desha (both at 5%), and Garland counties (4.8%).

Rates are uneven across racial and ethnic groups, with 5.4% of working-age blacks enrolled in further education compared to 3.6% of whites and 2.5% of Hispanics. While the black rate was the highest in 2018, it has also fallen the most since 2011 (decreasing 3 points).

A higher share of women (5.5%) were enrolled in further education than men (at 3.2%). The female rate decreased by 2 points from 2011, when female enrollment rates were double that of males.

The larger changes in educational enrollment for women and blacks may be a signal that they in particular have seen their job prospects in the economy improve, making further education less attractive.

Notes about the data

Working age adults are people age 25 to 64. Counts reflect only those adults enrolled in Arkansas. The data includes students at in-state and some private institutions. Enrollees are assigned to counties based on their listed county of origin at time of enrollment. Counts of 10 or less are suppressed in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).




Source: Arkansas Department of Higher Education


Adults Pursuing Further Education
20112012201320142015201620172018
Arkansas6.2%6.3%5.8%5.4%5.0%4.7%4.6%4.4%

Source: Arkansas Department of Higher Education
Notes: Working age adults are people 25 to 64.




Number of Adults Pursuing Further Education
20112012201320142015201620172018
Arkansas94,26495,22687,69380,99476,08370,91969,76866,516

Source: Arkansas Department of Higher Education
Notes: Working age adults are people 25 to 64.






Source: Arkansas Department of Higher Education


Adults Pursuing Further Education, by Race/Ethnicity
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanic or LatinoTwo or more racesWhite
Arkansas3.6%5.4%2.5%7.4%3.6%

Source: Arkansas Department of Higher Education
Notes: Working age adults are people 25 to 64.




Number of Adults Pursuing Further Education, by Race/Ethnicity
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanic or LatinoTwo or more racesWhite
Arkansas1,02012,9612,6771,57243,566

Source: Arkansas Department of Higher Education
Notes: Working age adults are people 25 to 64.





Source: Arkansas Department of Higher Education


Adults Pursuing Further Education, by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas5.5%3.2%

Source: Arkansas Department of Higher Education
Notes: Working age adults are people 25 to 64.




Number of Adults Pursuing Further Education, by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas42,51224,004

Source: Arkansas Department of Higher Education
Notes: Working age adults are people 25 to 64.









INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Access to Quality Seats for Infants and Toddlers Increasing
Access to Quality Childcare Seats for Preschoolers Maintaining
Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Grade 8 Math Increasing
Graduation Rate Increasing
Remediation Rate Decreasing
Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Maintaining
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Increasing
Smoking Rate Decreasing
Flouridated Water Increasing
Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Oral Health Increasing
Life Expectancy Increasing
Routine Check-ups Increasing
Births to Teens Decreasing
Female-headed Households Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Elderly Living in Poverty Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Decreasing
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Giving Increasing
Volunteering Increasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Not Applicable
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable


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