At face value, postsecondary credential attainment is an indicator that fits clearly under two data domains (Economics & Workforce and Education & Training). However, in order to make systemic improvements impacting overall community well-being, it MUST be looked at across ALL data domains and also across ALL aspects of human lifespan.
With an interconnected approach to achieving social and economic mobility for ALL and the momentum around this area at the state level, this is a critical initial area for RMP’s focus. More targets will follow when the backbone attracts the necessary resources and funding to expand to other areas.
Continue reading to learn more about the State’s Higher Education ‘Colorado Rises’ Initiative and information on the opportunity for RMP Network Alignment.
Overview of the Colorado Department of Higher Education & Colorado Commission on Higher Education’s ‘Colorado Rises’ Initiative and information on the opportunity for RMP Network alignment
- One opportunity for collective work that continues to percolate within the network is the need to ensure community members are attaining the postsecondary certificates, degrees, and credentials necessary to support their social and economic mobility, and in turn the region’s overall social and economic well-being.
- At face value, postsecondary credential attainment is an indicator that fits clearly under two outcome areas (Economics & Workforce and Education & Training). However, in order to make systemic improvements impacting overall community well-being, it MUST be looked at across ALL outcome areas and also across ALL aspects of human lifespan.
- There are barriers within each of the existing community-level outcomes that impact credential attainment. There is also significant opportunity and need to address these barriers at all stages of lifespan: early childhood, school age, adults, aging community.
- With an interconnected approach to achieving social and economic mobility for ALL and the momentum around this area at the state level, this is a critical initial area for RMP focus.
- Prior to the pandemic, the network was working to explore opportunities for alignment with the state around postsecondary credential attainment, specifically alignment with Colorado Commission on Higher Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education’s Master Plan, Colorado Rises: Advancing Education and Talent Development.
- The plan maintains that in order for the state to prepare its community members for changing workforce demands and ensure social and economic vitality, it must invest more in the educational attainment of ALL community members. Now more than ever, postsecondary credentials are critical to ensuring overall community well-being.
- To this end, CCHE and CDHE have set a statewide credential attainment goal of 66 percent by 2025 for the adult population (ages 25-34).
- Reaching this statewide attainment goal is dependent on many factors outside the scope of higher education that cut across the network’s community-level with this goal to launch further shared work that will impact overall community well-being, building on the work of the pre-pandemic Post-Secondary and Employment Collaborative Action Networks, and the work of the future of Work Response and Recovery Team.
CCHE and CHDE identified four strategic goals to make this plan actionable:
- Building off the pre-pandemic and pandemic response work, an opportunity has presented itself specifically around the fourth strategic goal. To advance this goal, CDHE is currently developing a project that will use an innovative financing model called “Pay for Success.”
- CDHE is particularly interested in funding additional student support services for adult students of color with some collage but no degree in order to erase attainment gaps, increase completion, and improve student preparedness for workforce opportunities.
- The network has been in preliminary conversations with CDHE about this funding model, as they have a specific interest in the Adams County region and potentially funding entities who are doing collective work towards advancing the state’s postsecondary attainment goals.
Read More About the State Plan HERE
RMP Set a Collective Target for the Network In Alignment with the State’s 66% Postsecondary Credential Attainment Goal
- Considering an interconnected and cohesive approach to improving community-level outcomes, the network set its first collective target around postsecondary credential attainment in alignment with the state’s 66% attainment goal.
- Establishing this initial collective target will allow the network to build upon pre-existing collective work that impacts all of the community-level outcomes, and overall community well-being.