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University system moves ahead with initiative

By Associated Press
Published On: Nov 22 2013 12:32:25 PM MST
HELENA, Mont. -

The university system says it is moving forward with an initiative to increase the number of Montanans who complete higher education programs.
    
The initiative was announced in August by Gov. Steve Bullock. It is adopted from a national program used in many states.
    
Bullock says he wants to increase the number of adults with some sort of college degree or certificate from 40 percent to 60 percent by 2020.
    
The Montana University System told the Board of Regents Thursday that the initiative blends well into ongoing work.
    
The university system says that in recent years Montana has already led the nation in growing the number of citizens with a college education.
    
The program includes performance-based funding, setting standards for full-time students, creating guided pathways toward completion, and building more structured schedules.