Achieve60AZ is Arizona's Greatest Opportunity

Author: Helios Education Foundation

March 22, 2019

Recently, Achieve60AZ released its first State of Attainment report.  The report provides an overview of where we stand as a state in regards to our postsecondary attainment and outlines what we need to do as a state, to ensure we reach our goal of 60 percent by the year 2030.  The overarching message of the report is that the goal is attainable but we have no time to waste – and, it’s going to take all of us – working diligently and collaboratively to reach the goal.  

“Achieve60AZ represents a great opportunity for Arizona,” said Paul J. Luna, President and CEO, Helios Education Foundation.  “The social and economic benefits of increasing our attainment will help ensure a brighter future for all Arizonans.”

Currently, Arizona’s postsecondary attainment rate sits at 45 percent.  In order to increase that to 60 percent, we need an additional 1,000,000 more adults to earn a credential or degree.  To help reach this number, there are four main areas, along the education and career pipeline, where we will need to see increases:

  1. Increasing the number of high school graduates.
  2. Increase the number of students who graduate from high school and enroll in some form of postsecondary education.
  3. Increasing the number of students who complete a degree or credential.  
  4. Increasing the number of adult learners who go back to school to complete a degree or postsecondary program.  

“There is great work happening in each of these four areas,” said Rachel Yanof, Executive Director, Achieve60AZ.  “Our trajectory is headed in the right direction, but to meet our goal, we will need to do more.”  

Achieve60AZ is also working to raise public awareness about the goal and helping to identify ways for more individuals and organizations to get involved.  It is critical that Arizona focuses and aligns our education work in order to reach the goal.   

“The State of Attainment report helps identify ways we can work together to leverage our individual organizations’ work to help reach 60 percent by 2030,”  said Vince Yanez, Senior Vice President, Helios Education Foundation and Achieve60AZ Board Member.  “We are grateful for the more than 100 community,  business, philanthropic, non-profit, and education organizations, as well as local governments, who are part of the Achieve60AZ Alliance and are committed to working to together to achieve this ambitious, yet critical goal.”  

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