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Texas is increasingly engaged in a global economy dependent on skilled and knowledgeable workers. Although Texas is improving college completions among groups of students who traditionally have not earned certificates or degrees in large numbers, the state has not improved quickly or broadly enough to keep up with changes in demographics.

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The aim of the 60x30TX higher education strategic plan is to help all students achieve their educational goals, which in turn, will help Texas remain globally competitive for years to come.


The 60x30TX plan contains four broad goals. Success in achieving the goals rests heavily on collaboration among higher education, K-12 education, and the workforce, as well as on the local creativity of Texas two- and four-year institutions.

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The 60x30 educated population goal calls for at least 60% of Texans ages 25-34 to have a certificate or degree by 2030.  To support achievement of this goal, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board developed an interactive map showing how education levels of Texas residents, ages 25-34, are distributed across the state.  This is a dot-density map where dots are used to represent groups of Texans, not individuals.

Uses of the map may include:

  • Informing businesses about talent pools and potential market opportunities
  • Helping institutions of higher education target outreach and other efforts
  • Informing K-12 districts about levels of education within their boundaries

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60x30TX Goals


By 2030, at least 60 percent of Texans ages 25-34 will have a certificate or degree




By 2030, at least 550,000 students in that year will complete a certificate, associate, bachelor’s, or master’s from an institution of higher education in Texas


By 2030, all graduates from Texas public institutions of higher education will have completed programs with identified marketable skills


By 2030, undergraduate student loan debt will not exceed 60 percent of first-year wages for graduates of Texas public institutions