By 2023, at least 70% of adults ages 25-44 will possess a postsecondary credential or degree. A credential or degree could be a two or four-year degree, certificates, certifications or license programs necessary to compete in today’s workforce.
We have a long way to go.
Today, just 51% of adults in Washington reach this goal. And if you look at native Washington students we’re even further behind. Just 31% of students are graduating from Washington high schools and going on to receive a post-secondary credential. This work is especially critical for our students of color, whose rates of attainment range between 16 and 25%.
Using the strength of our collective voice, the College Promise Coalition is bringing attention to the need for new strategies and increased investments in proven strategies that retain students, lead to degree completion and strengthen pathways for historically underserved populations, such as transfer students, veterans, and adult learners.
Our agenda recognizes that reaching our 70% goal will take the committed efforts of our full coalition to achieve a broad range of target areas to meet the changing needs of today’s students. These areas of focus include:
- Supporting and developing financial aid programs.
- Expanding programs that clearly define pathways to certificates and degrees, including remedial and transfer programs.
- Coordinating and expanding college-based K-12 pipeline programs for first generation students and students of color.
- Investment in higher education institutions.