The focus was the Governor’s ten year plan to increase higher education numbers in our state.
Wednesday, he briefed hundreds of educators and administrators on the role they play in reaching his ambitious goal by the year 2020.
It's the first ever statewide education faculty meeting, part of the 2013 Governor's Education Summit.
"The jobs we need in 2020 will require at least 2/3 of our adult population to have some kind of post high school education," said Governor Herbert.
That’s why he teamed up with state education leaders to clearly define Utah’s educational goals and priorities.
"Obviously there are things that can be accomplished. We are not at 90% at our reading proficiency, our math proficiency, or graduation," said K-12 Superintendant, Martell Menlove.
All of which are benchmarks of the governor's, On PACE, 66% by 2020 goal.
It’s a ten year plan to have a college degree or certificate in the hands of 66% of all working age Utahns.
A lofty goal considering that number sits at about 43% today, requiring a 4% increase each year.
"We have the common goal of providing the best educational opportunities that we possibly can in the state of Utah. If we all pull together I’m confident we can raise the bar significantly," said Herbert.
The governor says his part is to provide resources, but reminded teachers they are the ones on the front line.
"With enough resources with enough opportunity most students can be, will be successful and move forward," said Menlove.
Utah democrats are slamming the Governor over the meeting, pointing out Utah has been last in per pupil spending since 1988.
“Our state government and our state legislature are failing our schools. We need real leadership to get us out,” said Jim Dabakis, Utah Democratic Party Chair.