Louisiana education leaders aim high in master plan rewrite

    Louisiana’s higher education policy leaders are setting an ambitious goal for the state, striving for six in 10 working-age adults to hold a college degree or other employment credential beyond a high school diploma by 2030.

    That’s a high bar in Louisiana, which consistently lags the nation in educational attainment. Fewer than half of adults aged 25 to 64 have achieved such a standard.

    But as the Board of Regents does a significant rewrite of the statewide master plan governing public higher education in Louisiana, it wants to spark conversation, encourage achievement and inspire a vision.”We see it as a call to action for the state,” said Commissioner of Higher Education Kim Hunter Reed.

    Goals of the new plan include expanding access to education beyond high school, eliminating equity gaps between white and minority students and helping adults who long ago left school to get a skills-based credential or other educational training.

    An estimated 56% of jobs require education beyond a high school diploma, but only 44% of Louisiana adults aged 25 to 64 have a skills-based certificate or college degree, according to Regents data.

    To reach the 2030 goal will require producing 45,000 more credentials annually in 11 years—whether a skills certificate, associate degree or university degree — than students received in 2018. Read the full story. To read a recent Business Report story on talent development being the key to the Regents’ Master Plan update, click here.

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