“60 Forward” Initiative Aims to Increase Access to Higher Education – madison365.com
Wisconsin’s higher education systems have banded together with the goal of helping the state achieve a postsecondary attainment rate of 60 percent by 2027.
60 Forward is a collaboration between The University of Wisconsin (UW) System, the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) and the Wisconsin Technical College System to increase the number of working-age adults with an education credential beyond high school. The WTCS plans to reaffirm their mission of meeting the educational needs of residents in meeting this goal.
“We need to make sure that the technical colleges are open-access institutions so anyone that can come learn, they can come to learn,” WTCS Director of Strategic Advancement Conor Smyth said in an interview.
In light of the state’s aging population, fewer high school graduates and persistent racial disparities, 60 Forward will address a growing need for talent. Smyth said the technical college system would like