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The Roadmap Dashboard illustrates WSAC's Roadmap reports, complements the data and dashboards of our educational partners, and compiles education data and information across multiple sectors.

Providing Feedback

Our team greatly welcomes your feedback, suggestions, and error reports. Please email data@wsac.wa.gov.

Displaying label and exporting charts with labels

Most data labels are hidden by defaul to enhance readability, but viewers can display one or multiple labels using the following methods: 

  1. Select legend labels (colors or shapes) individually or multiple labels by holding the control-key

  2. Select data points individually or multiple points by holding the control-key or dragging cursor (hold button if using mouse) 

Any customizations to the default view, including labels, are preserved while using the buttons in the bottom right of visualization labelled "Download" to export an image or PDF, and “Share" to create sharable links with the current or original default view. The "Undo", Refresh" or "Revert" buttons in combination with the "Current View" are also useful for exploring the data.

Accessibility and assistive technologies

A central tenet of the Roadmap Dashboards is making them available, accessible, understandable, and useful to all users. While Tableau dashboards offer WCAG 2.0 AA compliance, WSAC is committed to evaluating and improving the Roadmap Dashboards for accessibility. We especially value feedback from those using assistive technologies such as screen readers, braille keyboards, or keyboard-only navigation. If you would like assistance or are interested in sharing your experience or how we could improve accessibility, please email data@wsac.wa.gov using this link.

Development Priorities and Features

As a digital product, the Roadmap Dashboard can evolve, expand, and update iteratively; but digital products are also at risk for errors, bugs, and incompatibilities on some devices. WSAC is actively working to improve the Roadmap Dashboards in future releases. Our current priorities include:

  1. Refreshing data as it becomes available and verified

  2. Creation and release of new dashboards as prioritized by the WSAC Roadmap working groups

  3. Consolidation of multiple topical dashboards on page into single embeded workbook   

  4. Design of mobile-friendly dashboards

Release Notes

  • Fall 2018: incremental update of data

  • January 2018: prioritize data accuracy, usability on desktop browsers, and identifying errors or issues. 

Bugs and Issues

Internet Explorer: IE10 and earlier are no longer supported by Tableau

IE11 and Edge in some organizations have Compatibility or Enterprise Mode by default for their users. Since these emulate earlier versions of Internet Explorer, they will cause the same loading issues.
If this is the case, you may follow the following steps: 

  • For IE 10 users: Open up Internet Explorer (IE 10); Click on the Tools menu tab; Select the Compatibility View settings option. Then Uncheck the "Display all websites in Compatibility View" option; Uncheck the "Display intranet sites in Compatibility View" option; Do NOT add wsac.wa.gov or wa.gov to the Compatibility View box

  • For IE 11 users: Open up Internet Explorer (IE 11); Press the Alt key on your keyboard, this will make a menu bar appear; Click on the Tools menu tab; Select the Compatibility View settings option. Then Uncheck the "Display intranet sites in Compatibility View" option; Do NOT add wsac.wa.gov or wa.gov to the Compatibility View box

If using other browsers and find errors, please leave feedback ASAP.

Firefox: Tableau visualizations may give an "Uncaught Exception:" error. This is a known bug in Tableau and feedback is not necessary. 

Mobile device layouts are in development and will likely be available shortly after launch. Until then, viewing on a desktop or tablet is advised. 

Postsecondary Affordability

Students cite financial constraints as the primary deterrent to program completion.[1] While some students may have the resources to enroll and stay in school, many others do not. Unable to afford higher education, these students may postpone enrollment, take fewer classes, or suspend their coursework altogether.

The lack of affordable pathways to completion hurts Washington families, dampens our economy, and puts the statewide educational attainment goals out of reach. Adequately funding institutions, and ensuring state financial aid programs can serve all eligible students, represent key solutions to the affordability problem.

Postsecondary Tuition and Financial Aid Proportions Dashboards

Resident Undergraduate Tuition

Resident undergraduate tuition rates for the public institutions grew dramatically from 2009-2013 when state funding was cut.  Tuition rates were frozen from 2014-2016, and then reduced by the College Affordability Program in 2016-17 as state funding to the institutions increased.

Resident Undergraduate Tuition Rates at Public Institutions in Washington

Source: WSAC staff analysis of published tuition and S&A fees for undergraduate resident students at Washington public institutions (November 2017). Next update: Summer 2018.

Financial Aid Award Proportions

To stay in school, students combine financial aid and scholarships with work, loans, and other resources to manage educational expense. The components of student aid packages differ by student income levels.  

Portion of Financial Aid for Full-Time, Full Year, Resident Undergraduates with Need, by MFI

Source: WSAC staff analysis of Unit Record Report data (October 2017). Next update: Summer 2018.

Note: Data from WSAC's Unit Record Report database only includes students at institutions participating in Washington state student financial aid (SFA) programs AND receiving either need-based financial aid OR non-need-based Federal Direct Unsubsidized, Parent PLUS, or Grad PLUS Loans. Students not applying for financial aid, receiving only non-need-based aid (such as merit aid), or enrolled at non-participating institutions are not included in URR data. 

Focus on State Student Financial Aid Programs

Location of Students Receiving State Financial Aid in Academic Year 2016-17

Location of Student Financial Aid Recipients Based on Reported Permanent Home Address

Note: Student locations within Educational Service District (ESD) or School District boundaries may not reflect the school which the student attended prior to their postsecondary education.

Source: WSAC staff analysis of Final Reconciled Report and FAFSA Data (February 2018). Next update: Summer 2018.

Location of State Need Grant Eligible, Served, and Unserved Students in Academic Year 2016-17

Location of State Need Grant Eligible Students Based on Reported Permanent Home Address

Note: Student locations within Educational Service District (ESD) or School District boundaries may not reflect the school which the student attended prior to their postsecondary education.

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Source: WSAC staff analysis of Final Reconciled Unit Record Report and FAFSA Data (February 2018). Next update: Summer 2018.

Note: Data from WSAC's Unit Record Report database only includes students at institutions participating in Washington state student financial aid (SFA) programs AND receiving either need-based financial aid OR non-need-based Federal Direct Unsubsidized, Parent PLUS, or Grad PLUS Loans. Students not applying for financial aid, receiving only non-need-based aid (such as merit aid), or enrolled at non-participating institutions are not included in URR data. 

Student Borrowing and Unmet Financial Need

Annual Borrowing

State aid is an important tool to reduce debt burdens, and it is likely that funding for financial aid programs have helped reduce the average debt of Washington students.  

Average Annual Loan Amounts and Number of Borrowers for Washington Residents with Financial Need

Source: WSAC staff analysis of Final Reconciled Unit Record Report (February 2018). Next update: Summer 2018.

Note: Data from WSAC's Unit Record Report database only includes students at institutions participating in Washington state student financial aid (SFA) programs AND receiving either need-based financial aid OR non-need-based Federal Direct Unsubsidized, Parent PLUS, or Grad PLUS Loans. Students not applying for financial aid, receiving only non-need-based aid (such as merit aid), or enrolled at non-participating institutions are not included in URR data. 

Annual Borrowing By Dependency Status

Borrowing amounts are generally higher for independent students in most sectors, and have remained stable over the past three years.  Note that direct federal loan programs have caps on the amount students may borrow each year, and caps on total lifetime borrowing. 

Annual Loan Borrowing of Washington Residents

Source: WSAC staff analysis of Final Reconciled Unit Record Report data (February 2018). Next update: Summer 2018.

Note: Data from WSAC's Unit Record Report database only includes students at institutions participating in Washington state student financial aid (SFA) programs AND receiving either need-based financial aid OR non-need-based Federal Direct Unsubsidized, Parent PLUS, or Grad PLUS Loans. Students not applying for financial aid, receiving only non-need-based aid (such as merit aid), or enrolled at non-participating institutions are not included in URR data. 

Average Unmet Need

Average Unmet Need for Full-Time, Full Year, Resident Undergraduates by MFI and Sector 

Unmet need = need amount minus total financial aid award excluding loans and work.

Source: WSAC staff analysis of Final Reconciled Unit Record Report data (October 2017). Next update: Summer 2018.

Note: Data from WSAC's Unit Record Report database only includes students at institutions participating in Washington state student financial aid (SFA) programs AND receiving either need-based financial aid OR non-need-based Federal Direct Unsubsidized, Parent PLUS, or Grad PLUS Loans. Students not applying for financial aid, receiving only non-need-based aid (such as merit aid), or enrolled at non-participating institutions are not included in URR data.