post·​sec·​ond·​ary | \ ˌpōst-ˈse-kən-ˌder-ē How to pronounce postsecondary (audio) \

Definition of postsecondary

: of, relating to, or being education following secondary school postsecondary education The country has a rich infrastructure of 4,500 public and private postsecondary institutions with a high regard for academic freedom.— Lee Lawrence

Examples of postsecondary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Indy Achieves is a city program launched in 2018 to help Indiana residents have access to postsecondary credentials and degrees. Mj Slaby, The Indianapolis Star, "$1.4 million in CARES Act funds will help adults finish their postsecondary degrees," 21 Aug. 2020 According to Evolve502, Louisville is currently ranked 11 out of 16 peer cities in postsecondary attainment, with the percentage of JCPS graduates attending college dropping more than 10% between 2009 and 2019. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Free college for all JCPS graduates will become reality with this new scholarship," 18 Aug. 2020 Jefferson Dollars for Scholars started in 1993 to encourage postsecondary education for parish public school students. Karen Taylor,, "42 receive Jefferson Dollars for Scholars scholarships and laptops," 6 Aug. 2020 High school seniors will also need to decide on which postsecondary institutions match their interests and aspirations. Samuel Zwickel, Detroit Free Press, "Coronavirus delivers chaos for students applying for college: 'Everything is unknown"," 2 Aug. 2020 Students could volunteer up to 500 hours of work with community organizations to earn the maximum $5,000 Canadian (US$3,668) toward their postsecondary education costs. Rob Gillies, Star Tribune, "Trudeau says he didn't offer charity preferential treatment," 30 July 2020 Hiles stepped down from her role as CEO after the company was acquired and served as deputy director for postsecondary success at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Sherrell Dorsey, Wired, "These Black Founders Succeeded In Spite of Silicon Valley," 12 July 2020 According to the National Student Clearinghouse database, 36 million Americans have received some postsecondary education but haven’t completed college and are no longer enrolled. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, "A College Degree Is No Guarantee of a Good Life," 2 July 2020 Additionally, students from the top of the economic ladder are already far more likely to earn a postsecondary degree than those at the middle or lower rungs, exacerbating an opportunity gap that only threatens to widen during the current crisis. Michael V. Drake, Fortune, "Universities should support their most vulnerable students to champion education equity," 27 June 2020

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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“Postsecondary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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