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The 55 by ’25 campaign, a statewide partnership of Hawaiʻi’s educational leaders, has set a goal of having 55 percent of working-age adults hold a two- or four-year college degree by the year 2025 or the state won’t be positioned for competitiveness for the 21st century.

Only 41 percent of Hawaiʻi’s working-age adults currently have a two- or four-year degree, according to a recent study.

Hawaiʻi P–20 Partnerships for Education—led by the Executive Office on Early Learning, the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education and the University of Hawaiʻi System—believes that by working together across various community sectors, Hawaiʻi can achieve this aggressive 55 by ’25 goal through a collective effort of supporting student success.

As part of the campaign, the 55by25.org website has been launched with specific ideas to help parents from the birth of their children through college, for the students themselves, as well as for businesses and community organizations to participate in. An aggressive radio campaign is also running throughout the spring to heighten awareness of this issue and encourage action to increase Hawaiʻi’s educational capital.

Read the UH news release for more about the program.

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  1. This seems like a noble goal, but the effort seems misguided. In order for these degrees to have any value we must have good jobs who are looking to hire these people. Even with Hawaii’s relatively low unemployment rate (versus the rest of the nation), there are still fewer good jobs than there are applicants. Having so many people go to college may be good for the UH system, but will likely lead to a large proportion of people who are only able to make $30k/year and who will be saddled with student loan debt which may take them a decade to pay off.

  2. Last year I took tour of UH Hilo. I had a lot of questions. The instructor who gave me the tour said upon completion of my tour “Why don’t you just rent out you home and return to the mainland” I got the impression she really didn’t want to teach. I’m currently taking classes at the community college. There a fraction of the price and they have better people skills. I already have a degree in General Education and I’m retired. I don’t think I’m asking for anything special. So 55 by 25 good luck. I don’t think you’ll reach it while this instructors working for the UH system.

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