The Illinois P-20 Council has set a goal for Illinois to increase the number of adults with high-quality college degrees or postsecondary credentials to 60% by the year 2025. The Illinois 60 by 25 Network launched in 2013 to help support communities across the state reach this 60 by 25 goal. This visualization displays statewide progress towards the goal, with disaggregation for certificates, Associate’s degrees, Bachelor’s degrees, and professional/graduate degrees.
Communities with systems in place to drive meaningful and equitable postsecondary attainment are eligible for recognition as Leadership Communities. They engage in peer-to-peer learning through the Network and must meet the following criteria:
- Capture and use data for continuous improvement
- Identify a trusted intermediary organization to help build a common agenda with a shared measurement system, harmonize mutually reinforcing activities, measure progress, and foster communication among partners
- Define a geographic community of focus
- Document a partnership involving employers, workforce boards, education, municipal leadership, and community-based organizations
- Develop a plan to implement key strategies for increasing meaningful and equitable postsecondary attainment. Strategies may include:
- Aligning student transitions through postsecondary education and into careers
- Implementing locally prioritized college and career pathway systems
- Supporting implementation of real life learning
- Proactively considering equity in the design and implementation of strategies
Leadership communities are eligible to receive targeted technical assistance, capacity building and funding to support community-level approaches to career pathway system development and increasing postsecondary degree and credential attainment.