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Document Number: 8474

Higher Expectations for Vermont: The Sixty Percent Solution--Increasing Educational Attainment for a Stronger Vermont - In 1998, the Vermont Commission on Higher Education Funding was created to critically examine the system of funding and planning for the future of the state in educating its citizens for the new century. The Commission created the first Compact for Higher Education in 1999. With this Compact the state made a commitment to prioritizing higher education in order to meet the needs of its citizens. In 2009, we believe that there needs to be a renewed recognition of the value of higher education, and that Vermont cannot afford to fall further behind our neighboring states or the rest of the nation in our support for our citizens. The Compact is to increase the percentage of Vermonters who have completed two-year or four-year college degrees from 42 to 60 percent by 2019. (Vermont Commission on Higher Education Funding, December 2009)...

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