Higher education transforms learners, cultivates talent and offers pathways to opportunity. The Virginia Plan for Higher Education sets an overarching 70 percent attainment target with a concerted focus on equity. The pandemic has heightened the call to action and the need for a bold and intentional plan.
A recent report by Georgetown University estimates the U.S. economy misses out on $956B per year (along with other nonmonetary benefits) due to postsecondary attainment gaps related to income and race inequities. While higher education cannot solve these complex problems entirely, The Virginia Plan for Higher Education makes the case for undertaking this hard, long-term work the impacts of which will benefit all Virginians.