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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

In 2018, Oregon established a new goal for the education and training of working adults that is connected to job opportunities and industry needs. The new goal is stated as follows:

  • Oregon anticipates more than 120,000 additional jobs requiring post-secondary training or education between now and 2030. In order to meet this need, 300,000 additional adult Oregonians should earn a new degree, certificate or credential valued in the workforce during that time. Because Oregon has substantial attainment gaps among minority, low income and rural Oregonians, the state will also commit to reducing those attainment gaps by half during the decade.

​As directed by 2017 legislation, the HECC worked with the Oregon Workforce Talent and Development Board and partners on the development of this new goal, and formally approved the goal in November, 2018.  ​ 

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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