The U.S. Census Bureau released a survey Tuesday that estimates Wisconsin residents with a four year degree or higher fall significantly lower than the national average.
The survey, released Tuesday, estimates only 24 percent of residents 25 or older have a bachelor's degree or higher. It's down from the national average of 27 percent, and well below Minnesota, which has 33 percent.
Officials at UWEC say enrollment is down, but only because they lost a significant amount of state funding. "We're all doing very well. There's a high level of quality here, but that's only because we're not growing, because we don't have the dollars to educate more students and that's bad news for Wisconsin," said Chancellor Donald Mash.
A study done by UWEC found that 56 percent of responding 2003 graduates are working in Wisconsin, 21 percent in the Chippewa Valley.