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In September 2008, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges commissioned a task
force of Board members, trustees, presidents, faculty and SBCTC staff to undertake a Mission Study to gain a better understanding of where Washington’s community and technical college system is today and where it needs to be in the future.
Using the Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Strategic Master Plan for Higher Education and the SBCTC’s own System Direction to inform its work, the task force focused on current and future needs in the areas of:
- 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.
The purpose of the study was to:
- Understand how well the community and technical college system is serving the people of Washington State in all three mission areas: academic transfer, workforce education and basic skills;
- Understand future needs and strategic challenges based on demographic, economic, financial and cultural trends over the next 20 years;
- Identify emerging, effective means of delivering education to adults from our own experiences and from the successes of others; and
- Make policy recommendations to the State Board about the future size and shape of the college system, including recommendations about future investment of resources.
The overarching goal of this 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.