60 Forward is an education attainment goal set by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), the University of Wisconsin (UW) System and the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) as part of a national Lumina Foundation initiative. The goal is that by 2027, 60 percent of Wisconsin citizens aged 25-64 will hold some type of postsecondary credential – a diploma, degree or other high value credential.
This goal is important because experts estimate that by 2025, 60 percent of Americans will need a college degree, workforce certificate, industry certification or other high-quality credential beyond high school to secure family-sustaining employment.
According to the 2017 issue of A Stronger Nation, the Lumina Foundation’s annual report on postsecondary attainment, Wisconsin’s 2017 attainment rate was 47.2 percent. While Wisconsin’s rate is above the national rate of 45.8 percent, it is short of labor economists’ estimates of a needed 60 percent. Higher attainment rates are tied to higher earnings and labor force participation.
The Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. Last fall, it launched its Attainment Challenge Grant program and committed to support states with up to $100,000 for developing and implementing evidence-based policies to improve student success, close equity gaps, and help states reach a robust postsecondary attainment goal. Wisconsin received one of these grants.
Under the Lumina grant, the partners will convene state leaders in both the public and private sectors along with nationally-recognized experts, to learn about efforts in other states and discuss ways to meet Wisconsin’s education attainment goal.
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