For 11 years, Idaho has said it wants 60 percent of its young adults to hold a college degree or professional certificate. Now, it looks like the State Board of Education wants to scrap the goal.
In a speech to Treasure Valley business leaders, Boise State University’s president defended the diversity and inclusion programs that have sparked a conservative backlash. “What I’m interested in is catching students wherever we can catch them.”
All Idaho high school seniors are pre-approved for some or all of the state’s two- and four-year colleges and universities. And they can start applying, for free, on Oct. 1.
But Idaho has a long way to go to hit its vaunted “60 percent” goal. And only three states have a lower completion rate.
Like Idaho — which struggles to make headway on its postsecondary goal — Michigan faces daunting demographic hurdles.
Idaho students can take Advanced Placement exams — at taxpayer expense. Still, the percentage of Idaho students passing an AP test remains mired at No. 39 nationally.
Idaho is struggling to convince high school graduates to continue their education. And that isn’t an isolated problem, the Hechinger Report said this week.
If an apprentice goes straight from high school to a good job, that doesn’t “count” toward Idaho’s signature education goal. “We’ve kind of got ourselves into a narrow box,” says the state’s apprenticeship coordinator.