Initiatives

Ensuring 60 percent of Arizonans have a certificate or college degree by 2030 puts us on a path to prosperity – for Arizonans and for our state’s future workforce. Four key focus areas have been identified that will support the achievement of this critical goal. Specific strategies and tactics will be introduced to track and measure progress.

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    Improving the K-12 Pipeline

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    Completing Credentials

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    Increasing Access

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    Aligning Workforce Needs

  • Arizona's K-12 pipeline must improve so more students can continue on to post-secondary education. Improvements include increasing pre-kindergarten enrollment, third-grade reading levels, eighth-grade math scores and high-school graduation rates. Ways to boost higher learning encompass a variety of methods such as advanced placement classes, dual enrollment and early college experiences.

  • Despite the fact that 60 percent of the entire adult population in Arizona enrolled in a postsecondary institution at some point in their lives, nearly half of these adults have not completed their degree programs.

    This gap contributes to Arizona's lower attainment rate with 32 percent of adults in Arizona who have a bachelor’s degree or higher compared to the national rate of 36 percent. This gap is also increasing with the average increase for bachelor’s degree attainment nationally at 3.2 percent during the past decade and the bachelor’s rate in Arizona increasing only 2.8 percent during the same time period, according to College Success Arizona.

    In addition, minority students enroll in and complete postsecondary education programs at much lower rates than do white students in Arizona. This gap is particularly significant for Latino students. Arizona and our increasingly Latino population would recognize tremendous benefits if more Latinos earned their degrees from higher education institutions.

    Tools to help Arizonans complete their degrees or certificates include providing incentives toward completion and post-secondary mentoring.

  • All Arizonans who wish to begin or complete higher education should be enabled to do so. There are many adults in Arizona who have started their degrees, but never finished. Tools to help Arizonans complete their degrees or certificate include providing incentives toward completion and post-secondary mentoring.

    Enabling Arizonans to gain access to higher education after high school means prioritizing affordable options and showing competency to enter an advanced program of study.

    Increasing attainment means teaching students about successfully completing higher education through college knowing and going program and financial literacy courses, Admission standards to higher education institutions can more closely align with high-school graduation requirements and students can learn about financial aid options that will help finance their education.

  • Two-thirds of jobs in Arizona will require some type of higher education by 2020.

    Aligning education more closely with the needs of Arizona's labor market can be improved through expanded pathways programs from community colleges to universities and increased engagement with the business community.

Improving the K-12 Pipeline

Arizona's K-12 pipeline must improve so more students can continue on to post-secondary education. Improvements include increasing pre-kindergarten enrollment, third-grade reading levels, eighth-grade math scores and high-school graduation rates. Ways to boost higher learning encompass a variety of methods such as advanced placement classes, dual enrollment and early college experiences.

Completing Credentials

Despite the fact that 60 percent of the entire adult population in Arizona enrolled in a postsecondary institution at some point in their lives, nearly half of these adults have not completed their degree programs.

This gap contributes to Arizona's lower attainment rate with 32 percent of adults in Arizona who have a bachelor’s degree or higher compared to the national rate of 36 percent. This gap is also increasing with the average increase for bachelor’s degree attainment nationally at 3.2 percent during the past decade and the bachelor’s rate in Arizona increasing only 2.8 percent during the same time period, according to College Success Arizona.

In addition, minority students enroll in and complete postsecondary education programs at much lower rates than do white students in Arizona. This gap is particularly significant for Latino students. Arizona and our increasingly Latino population would recognize tremendous benefits if more Latinos earned their degrees from higher education institutions.

Tools to help Arizonans complete their degrees or certificates include providing incentives toward completion and post-secondary mentoring.

Increasing Access

All Arizonans who wish to begin or complete higher education should be enabled to do so. There are many adults in Arizona who have started their degrees, but never finished. Tools to help Arizonans complete their degrees or certificate include providing incentives toward completion and post-secondary mentoring.

Enabling Arizonans to gain access to higher education after high school means prioritizing affordable options and showing competency to enter an advanced program of study.

Increasing attainment means teaching students about successfully completing higher education through college knowing and going program and financial literacy courses, Admission standards to higher education institutions can more closely align with high-school graduation requirements and students can learn about financial aid options that will help finance their education.

Aligning Workforce Needs

Two-thirds of jobs in Arizona will require some type of higher education by 2020.

Aligning education more closely with the needs of Arizona's labor market can be improved through expanded pathways programs from community colleges to universities and increased engagement with the business community.