Advance Vermont Releases Data Dashboard
Check out our interactive tool measuring progress toward Vermont’s postsecondary attainment goal.
New data: Today’s Students in Vermont
A profile on who today’s students are, as well as recommendations on how to better serve them.
70×2025 Goal is Now Law!
Governor Phil Scott formally codified Vermont’s postsecondary attainment goal by signing Act 80.
Who We Are
For the benefit of our residents and our state, we rally leaders across sectors to support the people of Vermont to earn postsecondary credentials.
Our Big Goal
Vermont can be the best place to be a student and a worker. Increasingly, education and training after high school is necessary for the people of Vermont to secure jobs that meet their individual needs. Such jobs are the building blocks of fulfilling, healthy lives that in turn produce vibrant communities and a resilient state economy. In support of this end, our mission is to grow the number of Vermonters with postsecondary credentials, increase equity in educational attainment, and strengthen connections among education, training, and employment so that everyone can shape and share Vermont’s prosperity.
In alignment with national efforts to increase postsecondary attainment, the State established a postsecondary attainment goal to grow the number of working-age Vermonters with a credential of value to 70 percent by 2025. As of 2017, Vermont was at 50 percent. To meet the state goal, 68,000 more Vermont residents must possess a credential in the next 6 years. The good news? With approximately 200,000 people in Vermont eligible to earn their first postsecondary credential, the goal is achievable through collective, statewide effort.
Why Postsecondary Attainment Matters
Education beyond high school is a key determinant of economic opportunity and social mobility, but access, affordability, and attainment aren’t equitable. Addressing systemic institutional, societal, and policy structures that effect historically marginalized students is both a moral and practical necessity.
The Path Forward
In order to meet Vermont’s postsecondary attainment goal, the State identified four policy priorities through Act 80 of 2019:
Promote awareness of career pathways and the value of postsecondary education and training
Expand access to postsecondary education and training to students of all ages
Increase completion of postsecondary education and training programs by ensuring Vermonters have the supports they need to succeed
Maximize partnerships across and within sectors to achieve State workforce development and education goals
“70 percent by 2025 is a big goal, but one I believe that we can reach by working together and using Vermont’s power of cooperation, collective wisdom and action.”phil scott
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