Case study: The Promise of Automatic Admissions

Employers will create 373,000 net new jobs in Washington state by 2026. Seventy percent of these jobs are expected to require or be filled by workers with a post-high school credential, such as a degree, apprenticeship, or certificate. But our state is facing a crisis in credential attainment, with the pandemic further driving declines in postsecondary enrollment.

One promising strategy: Automatically admit students to reduce enrollment barriers.

Our new case study explores how automatic admissions processes can boost student confidence, reduce the time and cost of applications, and ease the decision to attend college. We also explore initiatives across the U.S. and in Washington – such as at Pacific Lutheran University and Washington’s four-year public institutions – that seek to reach students who are not planning to attend postsecondary education.