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Otter’s higher ed task force backs a dozen recommendations, on 12 unanimous votes

Gov. Butch Otter’s higher education task force today adopted 12 recommendations in a series of 12 unanimous votes, Idaho EdNews reports. Among them: Rewriting and resetting the “60 percent goal,” extending it out for another five years in an effort to be more realistic and effective in the move to get more Idahoans into higher education; an increased emphasis on internships, apprenticeships and workplace-campus co-op programs that partner with industry; a statewide “digital campus” that task force members view as a “game-changer;” and more money for college scholarships.

The task force is forwarding its recommendations to Otter, who will draw on them in his proposals to the Idaho Legislature in January. It’s the same process Otter followed with his K-12 education improvement task force, which resulted in near-consensus on a five-year plan for major improvements to Idaho schools.

Idaho EdNews has a full rundown of the 12 recommendations online here, and KTVB-TV has a full report here.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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