Southern Region: Data & Implications

Hear from WICHE staff about how, after increasing 28 percent between 2000 and 2012, the number of high school graduates in the Southern region is expected to increase another 11 percent by 2025. The South is the only region projected to produce more high school graduates by the early 2030s compared to 2012. Most of the increase in the region will come from growing Hispanic and Asian student populations. Susan Lounsbury, Director of Education Data Services, Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), Kate Akers, Executive Director, Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics, Jean Massey, Associate Superintendent for Secondary Education and Career and Technical Education, Mississippi Department of Education, and David Wright, Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy, Tennessee Higher Education Commission discuss what these trends mean for their states and offer ideas about improving educational outcomes among high school graduates.