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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In the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,883 degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the US, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "A popular job site for the college set is now open to students at any US four-year school," 20 Aug. 2019 In Dallas, 37 percent of adults have postsecondary degrees, while 65 percent of jobs require one. Michael Taylor,, "Free college programs a promise within the budget of many cities," 2 Aug. 2019 Magaziner and Attorney General Peter Neronha asked lawmakers to pass the legislation, with support from Rhode Island’s commissioner of postsecondary education. Jennifer Mcdermott,, "Rhode Island sets new standards for student loan servicing," 26 July 2019 Now, King will serve under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as her department's assistant secretary for postsecondary education. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Senate confirms Bob King of Kentucky to serve in Trump's Education Department," 11 July 2019 However, Aggie ACHIEVE marks the state’s first four-year postsecondary education program. Char Adams,, "Texas A&M Launches State's First Inclusive 4-Year College Program for Students with Disabilities," 22 July 2019 BPSCore’ that is preparing students for postsecondary success will have no meaning. James Vaznis,, "At Boston high schools, 1,900 courses — but no process for evaluating their rigor," 23 June 2019 But, his father, a Gunnery Sergeant in the Marine Corps, and his stepmother stuck with him and kept encouraging De La Rosa to create a better life for himself and consider pursuing postsecondary classes. Annie Zaleski, USA TODAY, "Children of Marines can further their education thanks to this scholarship," 15 July 2019 In spring 2019, overall postsecondary enrollment decreased by 1.7 percent, or nearly 300,000 students, from the previous spring. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "The End of an American College," 18 June 2019

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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