Are LDS missionaries throwing off Idaho college stats?

State officials are promising to remedy low college completion statistics in Idaho, but the statistics may not be completely accurate due to a large population of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints missionaries.

This week, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and the Idaho Board of Education joined with 16 other states and Complete College America, a nonprofit educational organization, in pledging to "significantly increase college completion by 2020."

The group effort is in response to national statistics that show that the number of young adults completing college and receiving post-secondary degrees or certificates is way down -- somewhere in the 40 percent range.

...But in eastern Idaho, where large segments of the population are members of the LDS Church, many young men and women do not complete their post-secondary education within six years because they split their education by serving LDS missions.

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