System Initiatives

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System Direction

The vision of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges System Direction is to: build strong communities, individuals and families, and achieve greater global competitiveness and prosperity for the state and its economy by raising the knowledge and skills of the state’s residents.

The State Board has three broad goals to guide the system over the next 10 years. Attention to these goals will provide two-year colleges with a framework for system innovations and development, pursuit and use of resources, and measuring progress.

  • Economic Demand – Strengthening state and local economies by meeting the demands for a well-educated and skilled workforce.
  • Student Success – Achieving increased educational attainment for all residents across the state.
  • Innovation – Using technology, collaboration and innovation to meet the demands of the economy and improve student success.

Mission Study

The overarching goal of the Mission Study is to find more and better ways to reduce barriers and expand opportunities so more Washingtonians can reach higher levels of education. This study provides a long-term outlook at how community and technical college education will need to change and grow to meet the needs and expectations of future learners.

Strategic Technology Plan

The Strategic Technology Plan is the product of an 18-month analysis conducted by the Technology Transformation Task Force of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges for the purpose of creating a roadmap for how our system needs to leverage 21st Century technologies to support student achievement.

Student Achievement Initiative

The Student Achievement Initiative is a performance funding system for community and technical colleges. Its purposes are to both improve public accountability by more accurately describing what students achieve from enrolling in our colleges each year, and to provide incentives through financial rewards to colleges for increasing the levels of achievement attained by their students. It represents a shift from funding entirely for enrollment inputs to also funding meaningful outcomes

Categories of Achievement measures are:

  • Moving students past basic skills and into college.
  • Developmental education emphasizes college readiness
  • Getting students into a second year.
  • Showing steady progress, increasing achievement from one year to the next.
  • Emphasizing college completion.

Results Washington

In 2013, Gov. Jay Inslee launched an interactive web-based tool for Washingtonians to share feedback and ideas about the Results Washington initiative. Results Washington is a performance improvement effort to make state government more efficient, effective and transparent. The online forum gives Washingtonians an easy way to learn more about this effort, offer suggestions and vote or comment on other people’s ideas.

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