February 26th, 2015
Higher education has long been the part of Oregon's public education system that gets plenty of lip service but little love in the form of state financial support. If Oregon ever hopes to realize its lofty goal of "40-40-20," it had better put its money where its mouth is.
The numerical reference is to the officially adopted policy of seeing to it that 40 percent of Oregon adults will hold a four-year college degree, 40 percent will have a two-year associate degree or professional certification and 20 percent will have a high school diploma or its equivalent — by 2025. The 2011 Legislature enacted that goal into law, and set out a plan to pursue it by emphasizing student proficiency over age and grade level.