Boosting College Completion has developed a policy profile for Wisconsin based on an analysis of data and policies related to college completion and workforce development.
Until recently, a large percentage of Wisconsin workers could receive a living wage with just a high school diploma. However, 61% of jobs in 2018 will require some college training or a postsecondary credential, whether it is a certificate, license or degree. To address this need for postsecondary credentials and to enhance the employment odds of residents, Wisconsin should develop a statewide strategy for leveraging state postsecondary investments to increase college completion and meet workforce needs. The strategy should include ambitious statewide goals and identify metrics for measuring progress toward those goals.
Based on a review of existing data, any state strategy should increase attainment among traditional age students and older adults. Wisconsin graduates high school students at the second highest rate in the nation, yet only three out of five graduates immediately enroll in college. In addition, 54% of Wisconsin adults have a high school diploma or some college but no degree.
To improve college attainment rates among recent high school graduates and older adults in a manner that positively impacts the economy, the legislature might consider:
News & Updates
Bruce Vandal testified before an Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities hearing on November 8, 2011. He discussed the correlation of postsecondary attainment and its contribution to the economic growth of states.
Rep. Stephen Nass Chair, Committee on Colleges and Universities
Sen. Luther Olsen Chair, Education Committee
Wisconsin is participating in the following national initiatives that are related to college completion and workforce development:
American Diploma Project (ADP)
Common Core Standards Initiative
SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium
Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Program (TAACCCT)