Lumina Foundation State Policy Academy
With support of the Governor and leadership of the PreK-16 Council, VSAC, the Vermont State Colleges, and UVM, in July 2015 Vermont received a Lumina Foundation State Policy Academy grant. A Working Group of diverse stakeholders was formed to review and further develop postsecondary attainment goals and policies for the state.
By the year 2025, seventy percent (70%) of Vermont’s working age adults will possess a post-secondary degree or credential of value*.
After reviewing data on educational achievement gaps, employment, and economic development, the Working Group proposed a new goal for post-secondary educational attainment. This new goal replaces Vermont’s original goal of 60% attainment by 2020 articulated in Act 133 of 2010. The new goal reflects our sense of urgency in addressing immediate workforce and economic development needs for more Vermonters with post-high school education and inclusivity in supporting a broad range of pathways to post-secondary degrees and credentials for all Vermonters, including working-age adults and high school students from families without prior college-going experience.
As an outcome of the policy academy, a new 70x2025vt.org Partnership is being formed to guide Vermont’s progress towards the 70% goal. The Vermont State Colleges System is committed to supporting Vermont’s new 70% attainment goal and the 70x2025vt.org Partnership.
*A credential that indicates completion of a post-secondary academic or professional program that documents a set of skills or experiences as part of a career pathway that leads to employment and/or further educational opportunities.