Education Data

United Way of Southwest Virginia fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community. The measures below track some of the major education indicators in the Mount Rogers District of Southwest Virginia.

Educational Attainment
Median Earnings by Educational Attainment
Students Enrolled in Two-Year Institutions
Students Enrolled in Four-Year Public and Private Institutions
Students Enrolled in Higher Education
Additional Data Sources

Educational Attainment

Why is this important? Higher education, especially completion of a bachelor’s degree or more, generally enhances a person’s employment prospects and increases his or her earning potential. Having a highly educated and skilled workforce is essential for competing in a changing economy that is increasingly knowledge based. (http://www.yourunitedway.org/wp.content/uploads/2015/10//uwgrp-indicacotr-report-2015-final.pdf). This dashboard shows the percentage of population who have earned a high school diploma or higher, as well as a bachelor’s degree or higher for each county and city. Use the check-boxes on the right to filter your search.

Median Earnings by Educational Attainment

Why is this important? An average is just one measure of central tendency for any set of data. Another measure is a median. For wage data, the median wage (or net compensation) is the wage “in the middle.” That is, half of the workers earned below this level. (https://www.ssa.gove/oact/cola/central.html).  Across the nation, individuals with a bachelor’s degree earn about twice as much as those with a high school diploma or equivalent. (http://www.etindex.org/financial-well-being/financial-resources/median-earnings-by-education-attainment). This dashboard shows the median earnings by educational attainment for each county and city as well as the state of Virginia as a whole. Use the check-boxes on the right to filter your search.

Students Enrolled in Two-Year Institutions

Why is this important? Having a highly educated and skilled workforce is essential for competing in a changing economy that is increasingly knowledge based. Virginia’s community colleges offer two-year associate degrees, but also training and credentialing that can be completed in shorter time frames. This dashboard shows the percentage of students who enrolled in two-year institutions after graduation for each county and city as well as the state of Virginia as a whole. Use the check-boxes on the right to filter your search.

Students Enrolled in Four-Year Institutions

Why is this important? Having a highly educated and skilled workforce is essential for competing in a changing economy that is increasingly knowledge based. This dashboard shows the percentage of students enrolling in Four-Year Public and Private Institutions after graduation for each county and city as well as the state of Virginia as a whole. Use the check-boxes on the right to filter your search.

Students Enrolled in Higher Education

Why is this important? Having a highly educated and skilled workforce is essential for competing in a changing economy that is increasingly knowledge based. This dashboard shows the percentage of students enrolling in any higher education institution within sixteen months after graduating for each county and city as well as the state of Virginia as a whole. Use the check-boxes on the right to filter your search.

Additional Data Sources

Virginia School Quality Profiles
Virginia’s new School Quality Profiles provide information about student achievement, college and career readiness, program completion, school safety, teacher quality and other topics of interest to parents and the general public. Report cards are available for schools, school divisions and for the commonwealth.
http://schoolquality.virginia.gov/

Virginia Department of Education
The Virginia Department of Education collects enrollment data from across the Commonwealth, including Fall Membership, School-Age Population Estimates for Sales Tax Distribution, Special Education Child Count, and Home Schooled Students & Religious Exemptions.
http://www.doe.virginia.gov/statistics_reports/enrollment/home_school_religious_exempt/index.shtml

This site is funded in part through Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funds, administered by the Employment and Training Administration of the Department of Labor and in Virginia by the Virginia Community College System.