|Background: The graduation rate is expressed here as the percentage of a freshman class that ultimately graduates (the "4-Year Rate"). The data are available at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The 2011 Southern Winnebago County LIFE Study contains additional information on education issues in Oshkosh and the surrounding communities.|
Analysis: Winnebago County has consistently higher graduation rates than Wisconsin as a whole across the entire 2004-2011 time period. Changes were made to the method of data collection for this data in 2010, so that comparisons before and after that time are not appropriate. Between 2004 and 2009, the graduate rates averaged 92.9% and 89.55% in Winnebago County and Wisconsin, respectively. Since that time, the averages have been 89.5% and 86.35%, respectively High graduation rates help build a skilled workforce and an informed electorate. Large companies often choose to locate where there is an ample supply of skilled workers, making educational attainment an important building block for a healthy business community. It is clear that Winnebago County can boast of higher graduation rates than the overall state, making Winnebago County an attractive place for both families and employers.
Analysis provided by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Updated: June 13, 2012
2011 Southern Winnebago County LIFE Study