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State Goal: Get 60 Percent of Texans a College Degree By 2030

Last month, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board adopted a new plan called 60x30TX. The overarching goal: to get 60 percent of Texans between 25 and 34 a college degree or certificate by 2030. The coordinating board says the goal focuses on 25 to 34-year-olds as an indicator of the economic future of the state […]

Last month, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board adopted a new plan called 60x30TX. The overarching goal: to get 60 percent of Texans between 25 and 34 a college degree or certificate by 2030. The coordinating board says the goal focuses on 25 to 34-year-olds as an indicator of the economic future of the state and its ability to remain globally competitive.

The benchmark was set in the coordinating board's 15-year strategic plan. Additional goals the coordinating board set include: ensuring at least 550,000 students in Texas earn a certificate or degree that year, and keeping undergraduates' student loan debt to 60 percent or less of their first-year wages.

To talk more about the newly set 15-year plan for higher education in the state, we talk with Dr. Raymund Paredes, the state’s Commissioner of Higher Education, from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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