Vermont sets 70 percent postsecondary goal

Add Vermont to the list of states with an ambitious postsecondary goal.

On Tuesday, Vermont unveiled “70x2025vt,” in hopes of getting 70 percent of adults to hold a postsecondary degree or training certificate.

About half of Vermont’s adults now hold a degree or certificate, the Burlington Free Press reported. Hitting the 70 percent milestone — and accommodating the needs of a changing work force — would require getting another 30,000 students into the postsecondary pipeline.

About 60,000 Vermont residents have some college credits, the Free Press reported. So part of the 70x2025vt initiative is geared toward getting some of these adults back in school.

Since 2010, Idaho has pushed and touted its “60 percent goal:” getting 60 percent of 25- to 34-year-olds to hold a college degree or certificate. Progress has been spotty at best, and in 2015, only 42 percent of Idaho’s 25- to 34-year-olds held a degree or certificate. Earlier this year, a gubernatorial task force abandoned Idaho’s original 2020 target date in favor of a 2025 target.

In recent weeks, Colorado state officials announced a 66 percent postsecondary completion goal, and Maine announced its own version of a 60 percent goal. The target date for both initiatives is 2025.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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