Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Only Arkansas has less educated legislators than Montana

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 3:30 PM

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently looked at where each of the 7,000-plus state legislators in America went to college—or whether they went at all—and Montana's results were pretty interesting.

Here's what we learned from the study:

1. Montana has the second least formally educated statehouse in the nation, with 20 percent of its legislators having zero college experience. Arkansas was the least educated with 25 percent.

For comparison, 41 percent of Montana residents have zero college experience, according to the study.

2. 64.7 percent of Montana legislators have a bachelor's degree or higher, which also puts us toward the bottom. New Hampshire ranks last at 53.4 percent (mostly because its enormous legislature couldn't be entirely accounted for) and California ranks at the top with 89.9 percent.

Feel free to add your own "How are those college educations working out for California's budget?" remarks right about now.

3. Griz win! According to the numbers, 30 legislators studied at UM. Only 29 went to MSU-Bozeman. Three each went to Carroll College, Flathead Valley Community College, and UM-Western.

4. As for out-of-state degrees, three legislators went to Arizona State, two went to Maryland, two more to Idaho, and two others to UW in Madison.

5. One legislator studied at Seminole State College of Florida, the farthest away of any other legislator.

6. Two legislators attended Ivy League schools — one at Princeton, the other Harvard.

7. Of Montana's 150 legislators, 103 attended public college.

For more figures and analysis, check out the Chronicle's full report.

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