Texas Senate committee gauges progress on post-secondary goals

On April 25 the Senate Higher Education Committee will hold a hearing to gauge progress toward the state’s goals under the 60×30 plan, aiming for 60 percent of Texans in the 25-to-34 age group to have a post-secondary degree or career-ready certification by 2030.

The plan also aims to make college access more affordable for students. Current data would suggest the state is on track to reach neither goal. The percentage in that young-adult cohort with a degree or certificate is down around 40 percent, though trending up, and the financial burden on post-secondary enrollees is not easing. The committee’s charge in part is to “review efforts of higher education institutions to implement innovative and non-traditional models of education delivery to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student body.”