Developing a new plan for higher education in Missouri
Higher education is quickly evolving in Missouri as the state’s colleges and universities prepare students for the future. By 2018, an estimated 60 percent of all jobs in the state will require some form of postsecondary education.
Missouri has set a goal to increase the percentage of working age-adults with a two- or four-year degree or professional certificate to 60 percent by the year 2025. Currently, about 49 percent of Missourians have a college degree or certificate.
Knowledgeable and skilled citizen are key to a strong economy, but the benefits of higher education extend far beyond meeting the state’s workforce needs. Individuals who earn a postsecondary degree enjoy higher incomes and lower unemployment rates. They make healthier lifestyle choices and live longer lives. They are more likely to vote and volunteer in their communities.
Missouri's Coordinating Board for Higher Education is responsible for creating a coordinated plan for the state's higher education system.The last plan was adopted in 2008.
To keep pace with the state’s higher education need, the Missouri Department of Higher Education developed a new coordinated plan: Preparing Missourians to Succeed: A Blueprint for Higher Education. The draft plan was presented to the coordinating board for approval in December 2015.
A steering committee of leaders from business and industry, education and government was assembled to assist with the development of the plan. Steering committee members provided valuable information during public meetings and contributed their expertise throughout the process.
Nine public hearings were held throughout the state to gather input from Missourians about the state’s higher education system. The public was invited to offer feedback during the public hearings or submit comments online.