Educational Attainment

Business, education, government, and civic leaders have come together with the St. Louis Regional Chamber to ensure that the St. Louis region excels in educational attainment. These public and private sector partners know that a well-prepared workforce is our most important economic asset, and they are committed to working together to strengthen the region’s future human capital.  With 47 colleges and universities awarding nearly 38,000 degrees annually, St. Louis is truly a metropolitan “college town.” The region currently ranks 12th among the nation’s 20 largest metros in the percentage of our population with Bachelor’s and higher degrees.

St. Louis Regional Education Commitment

The St. Louis Regional Chamber secured support from a broad coalition of leaders committed to the goal of catapulting the region into the Top 10 by 2025. United in a shared vision outlined in the St. Louis Regional Education Commitment, leaders in business, higher education, government and youth-serving nonprofit organizations are dedicated to implementing specific solutions that will increase accessibility to and completion of post-secondary degrees or training.

Read the St. Louis Regional Education Commitment here

Pledge your support for the Commitment here. 


Gateway to Degrees
While the Chamber is a regional convener in this higher education effort, we are committed to specifically support one of the five student pathway populations called out in the Commitment: returning adults. Gateway to Degrees is a new initiative to support adults with some college credit and no degree. The program is designed to provide direct college advising services to returning adults and best practice sharing for employers looking to create learner friendly workplaces.

To learn more about this exciting new initiative, please contact the Gateway to Degrees program manager, Kayla Wingbermuehle and visit the Gateway to Degrees website for more information.


St. Louis Regional Education Dashboard
Establishing uniform metrics and keeping track of our progress in pursuit of our post-secondary educational attainment goal is critical to our collective success. Recognizing this commitment, the St. Louis Regional Chamber has created an education data dashboard to collect and report on the latest publicly available student achievement data. This dashboard pulls information from education sources, such as the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. It aggregates data but this data can also be disaggregated where possible based on user preferences.

For more information, contact Greg Laposa, Vice President of Education Strategies.