State Public Policy
With students from each of Washington’s 39 counties and 135 years of history, the 10 Independent Colleges of Washington (ICW) award one in five of the baccalaureate and graduate degrees earned in the state of Washington.
Working together, we can encourage more state residents to attend colleges or universities in Washington, increasing the likelihood that they will remain in the state to live and work. With targeted investments, we can reduce the need for student and family borrowing and leverage the full range of educational opportunities present in the state.
Washington’s Need for Home-Grown Talent
Business leaders and state policymakers agree that a greater number of high school graduates and adults need to pursue higher education to meet the demands of our state’s economy. (Both the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) and the Washington Roundtable have set a 70% postsecondary credential attainment goal. WSAC’s goal is for adults aged 25-44 to earn a credential by 2023 ; the Roundtable’s goal is for students graduating high school beginning in 2030
Companies look for the skills a liberal arts education delivers: the ability to work in a team, problem-solving skills, written and verbal communication skills and a strong work ethic.