Members of the public routinely question Oregon's official goal that 80 percent of its young people should earn college credentials–at least half of them four-year degrees and the rest either two-year degrees or industry certification.
That's nuts, some people complain. College is not for everyone, they say. A liberal arts degree carries no guarantee you'll get a good job. People who work with their hands, including electricians and plumbers, make good money without a college degree, they point out.
But when Oregon high school students are asked what they expect to do after high school, a resounding 96 percent of them say they plan to earn a college degree, according to new results from the ACT released Wednesday. Almost half say they plan to get an advanced degree.