Big Goal Collaborative

The Big Goal is one of seven priorities identified by Vision 2020. It aims to increase the percentage of Northeast Indiana residents with high-quality degrees or credentials to 60% by 2025.

Research shows that more than 60% of jobs will soon require post-secondary education in the form of a two- or four-year degree or credential. Currently, less than 35% of Northeast Indiana’s workforce has a labor market-valued degree or credential.

To become a global competitor and transform our economy, Northeast Indiana must work together to reach the Big Goal. Our region must have an educated workforce with the skills needed by our employers.


The Big Goal

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Increasing educational attainment has the potential to increase wages, raise overall economic wealth, meet the needs of existing businesses, enable them to grow and create more jobs, and attract new businesses.

How will that be accomplished? The Big Goal Collaborative focuses on education as a lifelong progression from cradle to career. Approaching education as a continuum ensures that all stages are being addressed and success can be monitored at all levels. Educational objectives at each step on the continuum work toward achieving the Big Goal.

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The Big Goal Collaborative


The Big Goal Collaborative is a group of regional educators, community partners, businesses, civic leaders, and other people passionate about educational attainment. They are giving their time to create system-wide change in education in Northeast Indiana.

Educational Leadership Council - The leadership body that provides regional oversight and strategic direction, facilitates dialogue, contributes financial and/or social capital, and acts a champion and resource for Change Networks.

Change Networks
- Focus on one of the five stages in the cradle-to-career continuum with a specific objective for each stage.
  • Early Childhood Learning - Objective: Increase academic and developmental readiness of students entering Kindergarten.
  • K-8 - Objective: Increase the percentage of students passing third-grade reading assessments, third-grade math achievement and eighth-grade combined language arts and math.
  • High School Completion - Objective: Raise the graduation rate in Northeast Indiana to more than 90%.
  • Technical Education - Objective: In partnership with Northeast Indiana Works, increase the capacity and effectiveness of the region's technical education system for both high school students and adult learners.
  • Post-Secondary Completion - Objective: Increase retention and completion rates at the region's higher education institutions.
Action Teams – Work with schools and community partners to achieve specific educational outcomes as identified by the Change Networks.

Learn more about these groups in the Big Goal Collaborative Guide and stay up to date on progress being made.

How you can help


  • Businesses: Adopt the Big Goal in your company, encourage employees to get certifications and degrees to further their careers, provide resources to help them meet their educational goals.
  • Educators: Work with area businesses and community organizations to expand resources for students and provide exposure to college and career opportunities.
  • Non-profits: Work together to implement best practices that impact outcomes identified by the Big Goal Collaborative.
  • Faith-based Organizations: Supply mentors to tutoring programs or carpooling services for after-school programs, champion educational attainment in your own organization or congregation.
  • Funders: Encourage collaboration and align funding strategies with the Big Goal.
  • Families: Make education a priority in your home, read to your children and help with homework.
  • Civic Leaders: Consider educational impact in decision-making and support policies that will enable us to achieve the Big Goal.

To read more about all of Vision 2020's priorities, visit the Initiatives in Progress page.

For more information about the Big Goal Collaborative, email us.