Number of degrees awarded rose more than 20% in four years.

The city of Akron, OH, has been awarded a $1 million prize for increasing the number of residents receiving college degrees by 20.2 percent over a four-­year period. Akron’s achievement was the largest increase among 57 cities participating in the Talent Dividend, a national research project designed to calculate the monetary gains cities can achieve by increasing college attainment rates.

The prize was funded by The Kresge Foundation. The Talent Dividend, a joint initiative of CEOS for Cities and Living Cities, also received support from Lumina Foundation.

The award was announced at an event in Washington, D.C., by Bruce Katz, vice president and founding director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, and received by the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE).

Download the full press release (right) to learn about Talent Dividend and the prize competition.

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