National Education and Attainment Survey (NEAS)

At a much larger scale, there is a need to learn more about education, training experiences, and employment of adults in the United States. As such, it is important to understand how adults perceive and categorize the type of trainings they receive, and how this is related to employment.

To help better understand these issues, NORC at the University of Chicago (NORC) conducted the 2017 and 2019 National Education and Attainment Survey (NEAS), funded by Lumina Foundation. The NEAS is in support of Lumina’s GOAL 2025, which aims to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates, and other credentials to 60% by 2025.

Each round, the survey was administered via web and paper-and-pencil modes to adults between the ages of 18 and 64, covering topics such as:

  • educational background
  • certifications and licenses
  • certificates
  • apprenticeships
  • employment
  • other work force experiences

A Methodology Report and public use data file (PUF) for the 2017 NEAS and 2019 NEAS, along with a Code Book and User’s Guide, are available for download.

2019 National Education and Attainment Survey

2017 National Education and Attainment Survey

Further information about the Lumina Foundation may be found here:

If you have any additional questions about the study or its purpose, please contact NORC’s NEAS Project Director, Cynthia Simko, at or at (312) 759-4066.

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