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A 40% BA/BS rate is an admirable educational goal. I know I would have been hard-pressed to survive economically without mine. One can notice the differences between places with a higher general level of education and those with lower educational attainment. Employers have personnel pools from which to draw, and thus, a greater likelihood of investment. There are also lower levels of unemployment and its adjunct consequences. Just look at appalling high school dropout rates in places like Los Angeles and other major urban areas. What are those who fail to finish high school going to do in a (once) dynamic economy, such as Southern California and elsewhere? States should step up and make such goals public as we cannot get there unless there is such a clearly-stated goal in mind. What is important for the state of Oregon to realize is that there are big responsibilities for the state in order for such a goal to be realized. It's cliche, but the tried and true "Put your money where your mouth is" certainly is necessary to SUPPORT high schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities in meeting the state's educational mandate. Community college funding, in particular, simply isn't there for such a goal to be fully realized and that is the area where the state's growing population of those unready for college work are, and will continue to be, registering for classes.
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