Adopted in 2008, Goal 3 of The Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career Success embodies the 60 x 25 Goal: “increase the number of high-quality postsecondary credentials to meet the demands of the economy and an increasingly global society.”
The 60% x 2025 Goal is an Illinois Goal:
*Excerpted from the Lumina Foundation’s A Stronger Nation Illinois policy brief. Starting in 2014, the attainment information included an estimate of individuals with certificates.
Although the private for-profit sector experienced a year over year increase in degree/certificate production from 2016 to 2017 (+1,592), production is significantly below that sector’s high-water mark of 28,359 in 2011. Until 2017, the community college sector was the only sector to demonstrate yearly growth in degree/certificate production; however, that sector experienced a slight decline in degree/certificate production in 2017 (-1.1%). Meanwhile, over the past few years degree production at public universities and private not-for-profit institutions has remained roughly flat. Reaching the 60% goal will require greater credential production across all sectors as the “needed” line continues its upward trajectory every year.
1 Includes 1-2-year certificates; associate degrees; bachelor’s degrees; and 2-4-year certificates. Source: IPEDS Completions.
Illinois Board of Higher Education. (September 2019). 60% by 2025 Goal for Illinois Update (IBHE DataPoints 2019-03). Springfield, IL.