postsecondary

adjective
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

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative guided American students toward postsecondary education, and her Let Girls Learn program bolstered education for girls around the world. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "Michelle Obama on Improving STEM Education for Girls," 13 Nov. 2018 But the share of students enrolled in postsecondary education whose parents had not attended college — first-generation students — has declined: Between 1999-2000 and 2011-2012, the proportion decreased from 37 percent to 33 percent. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Low-income, first-generation students have — finally — established a beachhead at Ivy League schools. Now the real work starts.," 13 Mar. 2018 Photo: Dylan Cole for The Wall Street Journal China remained the largest single source of international students, accounting for about a third of all students who come to the U.S. for postsecondary degrees. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "Fewer International Students Heading to the U.S.," 13 Nov. 2018 And career preparation shifted almost entirely to the postsecondary system. Anthony P. Carnevale, Washington Post, "The Education and Labor departments were made for each other," 22 June 2018 Employer Training Grants help companies pay for postsecondary certificates for their employees, too, says Teresa Lubbers, Indiana’s commissioner for higher education. Lisa Ward, WSJ, "Colleges Make It Easier for Older Students," 25 Mar. 2018 In an unusual twist, the infrastructure plan would reroute most of the money for vocational training from postsecondary programs to high schools. Emily Richmond, The Atlantic, "Does Trump’s Education Budget Even Matter?," 13 Feb. 2018 The Trump administration’s proposal to let students use Pell Grants for different forms of postsecondary training is a good start. Oren Cass, WSJ, "Not Everyone Should Go to College," 17 May 2018 Florida has made great progress at both the PreK-12 and postsecondary levels over the past 15 years. miamiherald, "Leigh-Ann Buchanan," 30 June 2018

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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