Strategic Action Plan
The 2017-19 Strategic Action Plan outlines strategies and investments to meet Washington's educational attainment goals:
- All adults in Washington, ages 25-44, will have a high school diploma or equivalent.
- At least 70 percent of Washington adults, ages 25-44, will have a postsecondary credential.
Meeting the Challenge
Three key challenges must be addressed to meet Washington's education needs:
- Closing gaps in educational outcomes for historically underrepresented populations.
- Improving postsecondary recruitment, retention, and completion for working-age adults.
- Making college affordable for low- and middle-income students.
These challenges are broad, persistent, and system. Washington's respond must be equally substantial.
2017-19 Strategic Action Plan Recommendations:
Washington must invest in an array of programs targeting every level of the education system.
Make higher education more affordable
- Expand state financial aid programs, including fully funding the State Need Grant program.
- Provide ample funding for higher education.
- Maintain full funding for the College Bound Scholarship.
- Maintain a stable and predictable tuition policy.
Improve college and career readiness
- Increase dual-credit opportunities.
- Invest in guidance, and proven high school completion efforts.
Increase college completion
- Fund successful student support programs.
- Provide opportunity gap innovation grants.
- Create a plan to recruit and retain adult students.
Ensure graduates can meet workforce demands
- Expand investments in fields with anticipated workforce shortages.
- Expand work-based learning through State Work Study.