Students who enroll in Washington's higher education programs are highly likely to complete and earn degrees or certificates. However, Washington lags behind many other states in overall degree production. Currently, many students do not have access to postsecondary education. Older residents, whether they are first-time or returning students, sometimes fit into this category. Washington ranks below the national average in the enrollment of 25- to 49-year-olds as a percentage of the total population in that age group.
Recent national studies suggest that many students graduate from college without acquiring some of the foundational skills in critical thinking, complex reasoning, and writing they will need to succeed in college. However, successful efforts to improve educational achievement at the high school level will increase competition for limited spaces at the postsecondary level.
The Roadmap will examine these key factors affecting institutional capacity and student success: