LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — University of Wyoming officials are embracing efforts to help diversify the state's economy by encouraging entrepreneurship, leading research with economic implications and boosting the number of Wyoming residents with college degrees.

UW officials met Tuesday with members of a state council that's exploring ways Wyoming can diversify its economy so it isn't as reliant on the volatile mineral extraction industry.

UW President Laurie Nichols says there's much support for fostering entrepreneurial pursuits on campus.

And UW officials say today's college students want entrepreneurship education.

Currently, 46 percent of the state's working-age population has a post-secondary degree or certificate. The UW Board of Trustees has endorsed a plan to raise that to 60 percent by 2025.