Research

Oregon ​Educational Attainment Data

Progress Toward Oregon's 40-40-20 Education Goal

Oregon has one of highest-reaching state goals for education in the country.  In 2011, the State of Oregon enacted legislation (ORS 350.014) that created this aspirational goal for Oregon’s educational achievement that by 2025:

  • 40% of Oregonians will complete a 4-year degree,
  • ​40% of Oregonians will complete a 2-year degree or certificate, and
  • 20% will earn a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Known as the “40-40-20”, this goal established a clear target against which to gauge the state’s educational progress. Learn more about Oregon's state goals for higher education here. ​ 

​Information on Oregon's progress toward this goal is featured below. This data above applies to all working age adults age 25 to 64. Additional data will be shared in the future on the progress specific to young Oregonians. ​

Graphic, Bar graph, Educational Attainment Rates for Oregon Adults Versus 40-40-20 Goal

Educational Attainment Disparities

The HECC is committed to improving success for students who are traditionally underserved in higher education. Low-income and students of color experience less opportunity and success throughout the education continuum, including higher education. Information on the disparities in educational attainment by race/ethnicity is included below. 

Graph, Bar graph, Educational Attainment by Race in Population 25 and Over

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