Oregon Postsecondary Education and Training Goals

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. 

Education Attainment Rates 

With legislation passed in 2017 and effective on January 1, 2018, Oregon clarified the 40-40-20 educational goal to focus it strategically on young Oregonians rising through the education system.   

Find more data on Oregon educational attainment here.

Oregon’s Adult Education and Training Goal

Oregon is currently working on a set of state goals on the education and training of working adults that is connected to job opportunities and industry needs.

With the 2017 legislation clarifying the 40-40-40 goal as a goal focused on young Oregonians, Oregon also clarified the state’s commitment to ambitious educational outcomes for working-age Oregonians. The State directed that HECC work with the Oregon Workforce Talent and Development Board and institutional partners on creation of a new set of goals for the adult population. This is currently in progress.  

Equity Lens

The Oregon Equity Lens​ was adopted by the HECC in 2014 as a cornerstone to the State’s approach to education policy and budgeting.  The purpose of the Equity Lens is to clearly articulate a shared goal for an equitable education system, to put into place the intentional policies, investments, and systemic changes necessary to reach this goal and to create clear accountability structures to ensure that we are actively making progress and correcting past inequities. The HECC Strategic Plan is anchored by the Equity Lens, which commits the HECC to ensuring that its policy and resource allocation decisions advance equity. 

Achieving Oregon’s State Goals 

HECC is the single state entity responsible for ensuring pathways to higher educational success for Oregonians statewide, and serves as a convener of the groups and institutions working across the public and private higher education arena. Learn more here about HECC’s work to achieve state goals in:

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