The System Design Plan provides structure and process for the expansion of programs, facilities and technology to improve access to higher education in Washington. In 2010, the Legislature passed SSB 6355, which established the System Design Plan as state law.
The System Design Plan complements and carries forward the goals of the Strategic Master Plan for Higher Education - most importantly the goal to significantly increase degree production.
The plan includes:
1. A set of guiding principles on which to base future growth decisions.
2. A near-term strategy to grow enrollment without major capital investment.
3. A new process for evaluating capital investment in new branch campuses, university centers, new campuses, or major technology innovations.
4. A new Fund for Innovation to foster programs and partnerships that improve access and completion and increase system productivity.
System Design Plan (RCW)