The Washington Adult Reengagement Framework will provide the infrastructure and support for adults without a degree or meaningful postsecondary credential to achieve their academic and career goals, earn a living wage, and contribute to Washington’s vital economy.
The Need for Action
Though many adults understand the benefits of higher education, significant barriers stand in their way. For example, financial constraints and family obligations make it hard to return to college. Those same barriers can result in further delays or abandonment of their educational aspirations.
If Washington adults do not have accessible and affordable options for postsecondary education, they risk continued underemployment without the many benefits that come from earning a postsecondary credential.
Pathways for Returning Adults
The completion of a postsecondary credential is critical for participation and success in the 21st century economy. Empowering adults to return to the classroom, complete their credential, and advance in their careers can have profound benefits on Washington’s families, our communities, and state’s economic and civic health.
The Critical Framework Components
The following three components are critical to the development of an Adult Reengagement Framework:
The communications component develops an online tool, leverages existing tools, and implements targeted outreach to connect returning adults to programs.
The cost component addresses affordability-related barriers, including access to financial aid and prior debt accumulation.
The completion component supports the development of regional, career-focused, adult friendly pathway; addresses enrollment barriers; and expands supports to returning adult students.
Washington is Ready
Washington, with its strong foundation of work and commitment to an inclusive and responsive higher education system, is well-positioned to develop a framework to reengage adult learners. Washington:
- Ranks first in the nation in need-based financial aid per undergraduate enrollment.
- Serves nearly 70,000 students (over 42 percent aged 24 or older) through the State Need Grant.
- Provides strong pathways for transfer students and returning students, including policies to support students in receiving credit for prior learning.
- Supports a number of policies that increase the access to and the affordability of higher education.
Poised for Success
To meet this need for skilled employees, Washington adopted a goal of at least 70 percent of all adults (ages 25-44) completing a postsecondary certificate or degree. Work on the Adult Reengagement Framework is an essential step to reaching the educational attainment goal.
Success will hinge on continued partnerships with key stakeholders from higher education, businesses and employers, targeted regions of the state, state agencies, and policy makers, who together will strengthen and define our shared commitment to serving adult students.
Meetings and Agendas
Advisory Team: August 1, 2017
Technical Team: July 31, 2017
- Washington Student Achievement Council, Olympia
- Agenda I Presentation I Handouts: Focus Group Feedback and Web Features and Functions I Meeting Notes
Advisory Team: June 15, 2017
Advisory Team: March 31, 2017
Advisory Team Members
- Roster pending
Reports and Resources
Reports and Resources
Allan Atienzo, Independent Colleges of Washington
Anne Cubilie, Central Washington University
Bob Collins, Western Governor's University
Boyoung Chae, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Caryn Regimbal, Bellingham Technical College
Deb Gilchrist, Pierce Community College
Elizabeth Lewis, University of Washington
George Freeman, The Evergreen State College
Gil Mendoza, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
Jenee Myers Twitchell, University of Washington
Jerad Sorber, Grays Harbor College
Jessica Hunnicutt, University of Washington
Jodi Strote, Greater Spokane Inc.
John Neace, Eastern Washington University
Kristina Brown, Office of the Lieutenant Governor
Lindsey Brown, Central Washington University
Lynn Briggs, Eastern Washington University
Marc Geisler, Western Washington University
Marina Parr, Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
Mary Wack, Washington State University
Melanie Palm, Central Washington University
Mike Singletary, Whatcom Community College
Nancy Dick, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Neil Woolf, Eastern Washington University
Paul Francis, Council of Presidents
Richard DeSheilds, Central Washington University
Rick Fehrenbacher, Seattle University
Samantha R. Powers, University of Washington
Saralyn Smith, Pacific Lutheran University
Terese King, Washington State University
Tricia Bateman, The Evergreen State College
Vi Boyer, Independent Colleges of Washington