The High School to College Completion Advisory Group is charged with monitoring and supporting action plan implementation to make sure it will achieve the Road Map Project’s college readiness and postsecondary completion goals. The group will provide ongoing feedback to lead implementers of major action plan strategies and the Race to the Top Stay Strong team, and identify course corrections and new strategies/opportunities as necessary.
In spring 2014, a Postsecondary Success Subcommittee will be convened to further develop postsecondary persistence and completion components of the action plan.
Deborah Wilds (Chair), Community member
Angela Griffin, Treehouse
Charlie Hoff, Community member – Federal Way
Christopher Wells, South King County College Access Network
Hilary Loeb, Puget Sound Educational Service District
Janet Blanford, Seattle Public Schools
Jenee Myers Twitchell, University of Washington Dream Project
Jennie Flaming, Puget Sound Educational Service District
Jessica Werner, Youth Development Executives of King County
Judy Reed, Seattle Community Colleges
Karen Tollenaar Demorest, Seattle College Access Network
Ken Thompson, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Kyla Lackie, Highline Public Schools
Linda Filley Bentler, Puget Sound Educational Service District
Mary Fertakis, Tukwila School District Board and Washington State School Directors’ Association
Rachel Clements, College Spark Washington
Reid Saaris, Equal Opportunity Schools
Sheila Edwards Lange, University of Washington Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity
Sue Byers, College Success Foundation
The original High School to College Completion Work Group began convening in June 2011. The work group was charged with developing a strategic action plan to improve college readiness and postsecondary completion throughout the Road Map Project region. The seven Road Map Project school districts and four community colleges joined workforce development organizations, education funders and youth development organizations in actively participating in the planning process.
The action plan was developed over the course of a year. Academic research and current data on students in the region were used to inform strategy selection. The work group also considered the scale required to move Road Map Project indicators and achieve interim targets.
From February to May 2012, a draft of the action plan was presented in detail and vetted by more than 180 individuals. Improvements were made as feedback was continuously incorporated. In May 2012, the first version of the Road Map High School to College Completion Action Plan was completed.
During 2013, significant work was done to identify lead implementers and identify funding to support various action plan strategies. Several strategies in the initial High School to College Completion Action Plan were incorporated into the region’s $40 million Race to the Top grant.
As the Road Map Project’s high school to college completion work continues to evolve from strategy development to the implementation phase, there is a need to monitor strategy progress and also dive more deeply into postsecondary strategies that will improve college progress and completion at colleges in our region. In 2014, the initial work group will be shifting into two committees: an Advisory Group and a Postsecondary Success Subcommittee. We’d like to express gratitude for the fantastic leadership of Dr. Deborah Wilds, former President and Chief Operating Officer for the College Success Foundation, who will continue to chair the High School to College Completion Advisory Group going forward.