A decisive meeting looms for higher ed task force

(UPDATED, 2:13 p.m., with revised starting time.)

For Idaho’s higher education task force, decision day is fast approaching.

The task force will meet at Boise State University Friday — the group’s target date for making recommendations to Gov. Butch Otter and the 2018 Legislature.

The 35-member task force — which includes university presidents, legislators, business leaders and Otter’s appointees to the State Board of Education — has been meeting since February. The group has been discussing ideas designed to help Idaho boost its lagging college graduation rates.

So far, the group has made no formal recommendations. Perhaps its biggest decision came early. The task force agreed to walk back Idaho’s target date to meet its so-called “60 percent goal.” Since 2010, state leaders have said they want to see 60 percent of Idaho’s 25- to 34-year-olds hold some form of postsecondary degree or certificate by 2020.

The task force meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Simplot Ballroom at BSU’s student union building.

Check back at Idaho Education News Friday for full meeting coverage.

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