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Illinois has set an ambitious target for college completion: 60% of working adults will hold a degree or credential by 2025, as research suggests that at least 60% of such jobs will require it. How can we get to where we need to be?

The State We’re In 2018-2019 takes a snapshot of our state’s education systems–early education, K-12 and higher education–with a focus on progress toward the “60 by 25” goal. Reaching the goal will require expanding current strategies, identifying new strategies and holding ourselves accountable for results on benchmarks to college and career success.

Now in its sixth edition, The State We’re In also highlights promising practices that could be replicated, or scaled up, to accelerate the state’s progress toward 60 by 25. With a combination of state action and local effort, we can achieve this goal.

The metrics and projections we offer help Illinois more clearly envision a day when every child has a fair shot at completing college and achieving a productive career.

The State We’re In: 2018


Anisha Grimmett
Aysha Ahmed
Brian Samuels
Chris Span
Cristina Pacione-Zayas
Cynthia Tate
Dea Meyer
Dr. Carmen Ayala
Eboni Zamani-Gallaher
Eric Lichtenberger
Jennifer Garrison
Jenny Nagaoka
Lisa Scruggs
Maia Connors
Mike Curry
Motez Holton
Nancy Waymack
Natalie Neris
Paul Zavitovsky
Pranav Kothari
Rebecca VonderLock Navarro
Sara Shaw
Susan Kleemann
Ushma Shah

Past The State We’re In Reports: