Seventy-five organizations and 40 municipalities in Arizona have joined forces to advance the goal of increasing the share of adults with postsecondary degrees or credentials to 60 percent over the next decade. The Achieve60AZ alliance recently released the first in a series of State of Attainment reports tracking progress toward that goal.
A key component of Arizona’s agenda is its participation on the WICHE Task Force on Closing Postsecondary Attainment Gaps, a two-year initiative funded by Lumina Foundation aimed at increasing higher education success among underserved students. WICHE is working with an array of stakeholders in Arizona and Wyoming, to develop state-specific action plans and ultimately craft regional recommendations for closing equity gaps. The task force’s work began last fall with roundtable discussions in Yuma, Tucson, and Phoenix that were designed to gain a better understanding of the state’s equity gaps from the perspective of rural, Latino, and Native American communities.