History of Vermont’s Goal

2009: Vermont state government and higher education leaders sign Compact to increase the percentage of Vermonters who have completed college degrees from 42% to 60% by 2019.

2010: Act 133 establishes the PreK-16 Council with responsibility to coordinate efforts between the preK-12 and higher education communities to reach the statewide goal that “at least 60 percent of the adult population will have earned an associate’s or higher-level degree by 2020.”

2013: Act 77 (“Flexible Pathways”) creates a statewide Dual Enrollment Program with the goal of increasing rates of secondary school completion and postsecondary continuation.

2015: With support of the governor and leadership of the PreK-16 Council, VSAC, the Vermont State Colleges and UVM, Vermont receives a Lumina Foundation State Policy Academy grant. A Working Group of diverse stakeholders is formed to review and further develop postsecondary attainment goals and policies. This Working Group reviews Vermont’s data and reports from education and economic development leaders and determines that a new, higher, and more inclusive goal and timeline is needed.

2016:  The Policy Academy Working Group convenes a meeting of statewide leaders to discuss and develop action steps towards meeting the new 70% by 2025 goal.

2017:   A collective-action organization was established and named 70x2025vt. VSAC was selected as a permanent home for the new initiative. 70x2025vt established its Leadership Council, comprising chief executive officers from both the private and nonprofit sectors, along with members of administration of Governor Phil Scott, including the secretaries of the Agency of Education (AOE) and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) and leaders of the House and Senate education committees.