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February 17, 2010 4:53 PM Vermont’s 60 Percent “Solution”

By Daniel Luzer

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Vermont legislators want more people to complete college. According to an article by Louis Porter in the Rutland Herald:

A state panel has set an ambitious new goal of increasing to 60 percent by the year 2019 the number of Vermonters over age 25 who have completed two-year or four-year degrees.
The target, set last week by the state’s Commission on Higher Education Funding, updates a compact between the state and the heads of the main institutions of higher learning in Vermont. About 42 percent of Vermonters over 25 currently reach that level of education.

Ambitious is one way to put it. Earlier touted as the 60 Percent Solution, the new Vermont project isn’t really a solution at all. It’s more like a dream.

Vermont’s legislative leaders, college presidents, and the governor signed a compact to try to increase the percentage of people in the state who’ve completed college. But it’s unclear how the state plans to achieve its goal, especially since its support for education is so paltry. Vermont ranks 49th in per capita state support for higher education.

The cheapest college in Vermont, in terms of cost per credit hour, is currently the Community College Vermont (CCV). CCV is the most expensive community college in America.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer