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Washington is one of the top-ranked states in the nation in the share of students who graduate from public four-year institutions within six years of enrolling. But this statistic masks the fact that Washington lags behind most other states in the total number of bachelor’s degrees produced per capita. And although Washington ranks 11th in the nation in the percentage of adults who have earned at least an associate’s degree, the state’s success in this area stems from its ability to attract well-educated residents from other states and countries, who help to raise the level of education of the state population as a whole.

To reach the level of educational attainment of top-performing states and countries, Washington must increase educational attainment, particularly among younger residents. Washington also needs to improve higher education to meet workforce demands. The state’s economy is one of the most technology-intensive in the nation. By 2018, 67% of all jobs in Washington are projected to require workers to have at least some postsecondary education or training.

Press Coverage 

Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal (3/3/14): Penn study criticizes Washington higher ed plans READ MORE

The Seattle Times (3/26/12): Report: College enrollment growing too slowly READ MORE

Free Speech Radio News (2/17/12): In Washington, access to higher education still and obstacle for many READ MORE

Six Presidents: An Unprecedented Conversation on Higher Education Funding in Washington WATCH HERE

The Daily Pennsylvanian (1/23/12): GSE Professors find Washington Higher Ed Pitfalls READ MORE

Yakima Herald (1/21/12): Will State's Leaders Work to Champion Universities? READ MORE

The Seattle Times (1/16/12): Governor Had Solid Agenda, But... READ MORE

The Seattle Times (1/13/12): UPenn Report Confims State Officials Failed Leadership on Higher Education READ MORE

The Wenatchee World (1/13/12): Higher Education Can't Keep Up READ MORE

The News Tribune (1/12/12): Washington's Leaders Flunk the Higher Education Test READ MORE

Yakima Herald (1/11/12): Higher Ed Answers Not Easy to Find READ MORE  

Puget Sound Business Journal (1/10/12): Study Comes Down Hard on Wash. Politicians for State of Higher Education READ MORE

The Bellingham Herald (1/10/12): Report: Washington State Higher Education in Crisis READ MORE

Crosscut (1/10/12): Midday Scan: Legislators Killing Higher Ed READ MORE

Inside Higher Ed (1/10/12): Report Criticizes Higher Ed Policy Making in Washington State READ MORE

KIRO 7 Eyewitness News (1/9/12): WATCH VIDEO

The Seattle Times (1/9/12): Report: Washington Falls Short in Higher Education READ MORE

The Seattle Times (1/9/12): Higher-ed Woes Tied to State 'Leadership Vacuum' READ MORE

Seattle Post-Intelligencer (1/9/12): Report: Washington Falls Short in Higher Education READ MORE

The Chronicle of Higher Education (1/9/12): 'Leadership Vacuum' Undermines Higher Education in Washington State, Study Finds READ MORE

The Bellingham Herald (1/9/12): REPORT: Washington Falling Short in College Education READ MORE