Skip college? Even as more Americans consider it, that’s not the Utah way

March 30, 2023 (KUER)

…Uniquely Utah


One way Utah stands apart from the rest of the country is the educational expectations families have for their children, said Shawn Teigen, president of The Utah Foundation.

One big motivating factor is if the parents themselves received a bachelor’s degree.

“If your parents have a bachelor’s degree, you’re more likely to do well in school,” Teigen said. “You’re more likely to graduate from school and you’re more likely to go on to enroll in college.” Of residents age 25 and older, 36.8% have a bachelor’s degree or higher, which is more than most of its six neighbors, except for Colorado where 44.4% do…

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