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As part of an effort to inform future academic programming, Idaho Policy Institute (IPI) worked with Boise State University’s Offices of the Provost and the President to develop actionable insight into the emerging needs and gaps in the dairy industry in the Magic Valley and the technology, cybersecurity, and energy cluster in Eastern Idaho. In the first phase of the project, IPI surveyed high school students in each region in the spring of 2021. A total of 918 students were surveyed, 750 (82.1%) from the Magic Valley (MV) and 168 (17.9%) from Eastern Idaho (EI).

Surveys asked students about their plans after high school, including if they plan to attend university, where they hope to attend university, and what they plan on studying. The following summarizes their responses.