​Oregon Postsecondary Education and ​Training Goals

In an effort to dramatically increase the number of Oregonians who complete high school or college level credentials, the State of Oregon has developed two high-reaching goals. Find information on progress toward Oregon's educational attainment goals on our Research section of the HECC website here.  For a quick summ​ary and current status, see the document below. 

What you Need to Know about Oregon's Educational Attainment Goals  

Oregon’s 40-40-20 Education Goal

Oregon has one of highest-reaching state goals for education in the country.  Known as the “40-40-20”, this goal established a clear target for educational attainment of Oregonians. The 40-20-20 goal is that, by 2025,

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

In 2011, the State of Oregon enacted legislation (ORS 350.014) that created this aspirational goal for Oregon’s educational achievement​. With legislation passed in 2017 and effective in January, 2018, Oregon clarified the 40-40-20 educational goal to focus it strategically on young Oregonians rising through the education system.   ​

Oregon’s Adult Education and Training Goal

In 2018, Oregon established a separate goal for the education and training of working adults. This goal is connected to job opportunities and industry needs​, and 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 this new goal, and it was approved in November, 2018.  ​ ​

Equity Lens

The HECC Strategic Plan is anc​hored by the Equity Lens​​  which commits the HECC to ensuring that its policy and resource allocation decisions advance equity.

The purpose of the Equity Lens is to establish intentional policies, investments, and systemic changes necessary to create an equitable education system, and to create clear accountability structures to ensure progress. ​

The Equity Lens​​ was adopted by the HECC in 2014 as a cornerstone to the State’s approach to education policy and budgeting.