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  • (Maud)As you know, the Council was established by the Legislature in 2012 with the strategic mission of:Proposing goals (to the Legislature and Governor)for increasing educational attainment in Washington;Proposingimprovements and innovations to meet those goals; andAdvocating for postsecondary education, with the goal of educating the public on the economic, social, and civic benefits of education.
  • (Maud)There are 9 members on our Council:Five Governor-appointed citizen members:I am one of the five Governor-appointed citizen members, and I also serve with 4 other Governor-appointed citizen members:Karen Lee, the Council’s Vice Chair, who is also the CEO of Pioneer Human Services and a Trustee at Western Washington University;Jeff Charbonneau, the 2013 National Teacher of the Year, who teaches science at Zillah High School.Dr. Susana Reyes, Asst. Superintendent of the Mead School District in Eastern Washington, north of SpokaneRai “Nauman” Mumtaz, our Council’s student representative, who is currently a medical student at the University of Washington-Tacoma.Four education sector members:Ray Lawton (Council Secretary), representing the Independent Colleges of Washington;Marty Brown, representing the community and technical colleges;Paul Francis, representing the pubic postsecondary baccalaureate institutions; andScott Brittain, representing the K-12 education system and currently serving as the Asst. Superintendent of the Ferndale School District. Agency is headed by Dr. Gene Sharratt, our Council’s Executive Director.
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  • (Gene)Under our Council’s founding statutes, the Council is tasked with developing a long-term, 10-year Roadmap to identify priorities and strategies for meeting the State’s educational attainment goals.Roadmap embodies our statutory missions to: Provide strategic, statewide planning and goal-setting, and“Link” and “connect” educational programs, schools and institutions throughout educational sectors.The Council used a state-wide public Listening Tour to develop key themes in the Roadmap, then convened workgroups comprised of our partner education and workforce agencies, lawmakers, students, faculty, teachers, postsecondary and secondary educational institutions and other education organization to develop specific goals and strategies for increasing educational attainment.We will be submitting the first Roadmap in December, and then it will be updated every 2 years in order to revisit the goals, objectives and actions and make adjustments to respond to changing circumstances. We sent a draft version of the Roadmap earlier this month, but please know that the Council has made minor changes and the final version of the Report will be submitted to the Legislature and the Governor by December 1st.
  • The 10-year Roadmap plan is complimented with a short-term Strategic Action Plan, submitted in December of even-numbered years, that establishes budget and legislative priorities necessary to implement the strategies identified in the 10-year Roadmap.
  • We know that investments in education pay off.A well-educated population generates more tax revenues and requires fewer social services.Education opens doors to gainful employment, higher wages, and increased job benefits.We also know that increased educational attainment improves physical health and increases civic engagement through volunteering and voting.
  • As we anticipate the future educational needs of our state, we cannot ignore the primary challenges confronting Washington’s citizenry and economy: the need to provide educational opportunities to an increasingly diverse population, while simultaneously responding to growing demand for a well-educated workforce in an ever-changing economy.We have all heard projections that the majority of jobs in the future will require some form of postsecondary education—and for Washington, it is forecasted that 70% of all jobs will require education beyond high school by 2020, according to a recent Georgetown University report. We also know, through forecasting projections, that most, if not all, of Washington’s future population growth is expected to occur within groups that we as a state have not adequately served in our education systems, who are less likely to participate and complete postsecondary programs.The state’s changing demographics bring unique opportunities and challenges.
  • By statute, the Council is required to propose educational attainment goals to address both:The needs of Washington residents to reach higher levels of educational attainment; andWashington’s workforce needs for certificates and degrees.The goals outlined by the Council are:That every Washingtonian – ages 25 to 44 - will complete a high school diploma or equivalent. Currently just over 89% of Washington adults have a diploma or equivalent. 70% of Washingtonians – ages 25 to 44- complete a postsecondary certificate or credential. We estimate that number is about 50% today.This goal reflects the projection that at least 70% of jobs in the state will require some form of postsecondary education over the next ten years. (Georgetown U. study) [Data are based on census data and do include individuals who were educated in other states.]
  • We recognize that changes to the educational attainment level of the population take a good deal of time.For instance, the impact of providing additional support and information to this year’s incoming 9th graders will not be seen until they graduate from high school in 2018. It will be later still, beginning in 2019, when these same students have had time to earn at least a postsecondary certificate - and longer yet to earn a degree.Therefore, we have identified a set of leading indicators to track progress on high school graduation, college participation, and degree completions.Increase the number and percentage of Washingtonians completing a high school diploma or equivalent.2012 four-year high school graduation rate: 77.2% [five-year = 78.9]2012 alternative high school diplomas, General Education Development or equivalent: 15,261Increase the percentage of the population enrolled in a postsecondary certificate, apprenticeship, or degree program.2011 undergraduate participation rate: 17.7% [Number of undergraduate students enrolled at all public and private institutions in Washington divided by the population age 17-44 with less than a Bachelor’s degree.]2011 graduate participation rate: 5.5% [Number of graduate students enrolled at all public and private institutions in Washington divided by the population age 22-44 with a Bachelor’s degree or higher.]Increase the number of postsecondary certificates, apprenticeships, and degrees awarded annually. [at all public, private, 2-year, 4-year institutions in WA]2012 certificates and apprenticeships: 15,669 [This number includes long and short certificates. For short certificates, the student must have earned 45 or more college level credits.]2012 associate degrees: 27,3092012 bachelor’s degrees: 32,3762012 graduate and professional degrees: 12,155
  • Roadmap actions are categorized into three primary objectives.Ensure access – in this context, access is defined as making sure students are prepared to succeed in postsecondary education and making sure postsecondary education is affordable.Enhance learning – providing students with the best education available and that education should prepare them to be successful in the workplace.Prepare for the future - includes preparing students and their families for postsecondary education and ensuring our institutions have the capacity to meet student, employer, and community needs.The first set of actions focus on Ensuring Access – they are presented here in priority order within this set of objectives. 
  • Cost Shouldn't be a BarrierThe Council's immediate priority is to secure funding for all eligible needy students.For the past several years, more than 30,000 eligible students were not given State Need Grant due to underfunding.We have already requested an additional $12m for College Bound in FY15 to fund the 8,000 students expected to enroll.We have also requested an additional $16m for State Need Grant in FY15 to fund an additional 3,800 students.Having sufficient aid ensure students stay focused by enabling them to enroll full-time, full-year so they can complete their education in a timely manner.Make College AffordableThe Council will lead the development of a comprehensive policy to guide state investment in public postsecondary institutions and student financial aid.The Council agreed that the State currently lacks a formal funding policy for higher education, which is evidenced by:Recent cuts to funding for our public postsecondary institutions;Unprecedented tuition increases (the current and subsequent academic years notwithstanding); andIncreases in the number of un-served State Need Grant recipientsThe Council intends to work with legislators and stakeholders to develop a funding policy that is:predictable for students, families, and institutionsflexible so institutions can best manage their resourcesencourages innovation and efficiencyThis policy should guide the state's investments during robust conditions as well as lean. Career & College ReadinessBy supporting implementation of the Common Core State Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessment we can make sure that the senior year in high school is more productive for all students.High achieving students should be directed to dual credit or dual enrollment programs.Students who do not meet standards by the end of the 11th grade year should receive education that allows them to catch up and minimize the need for pre-college level courses in postsecondary institutions which cost students more time and money.4. Expand Dual-credit OpportunitiesThere are a variety of dual credit and dual enrollment options.Washington-specific - Running Start, Tech Prep, College in the High SchoolNational programs - Advanced Placement Exams, International Baccalaureate, CambridgeNot all programs are available to all students, they all work differently and can be confusing for students.Our goal is to streamline and expand these programs so they're available to all students, student are able to choose the program that best meets their needs, and ensure each option is affordable.5. Support All StudentsThe Council believes it is critical to support current and prospective students during critical transition points when they are most at-risk for discontinuing their education:8th to 9th gradehigh school to collegetwo-year institution to four-year institutionadulthood to collegeIt imperative to ensure that our schools and postsecondary institutions provide mentoring, counselling, advising, and other support services especially for those most at-risk - low income, first generation, individuals with disabilities, foster youth, adults with no postsecondary experience.
  • The next set of action items focus on Enhancing Learning.Ensure students have the best education available and that the education they receive from our postsecondary institutions prepares them to be successful in the workplace.They are presented here in priority order within this set of objectives. 
  • Align Education with JobsWhile several groups have mechanisms for identifying employer and community needs, the feedback isn’t necessarily coordinated or made readily available to or usable by postsecondary institutions.The Council recommends better alignment of these mechanisms so that we can ensurePrograms being offered by postsecondary institutions align the needs of employers.Graduates have the skills and knowledge necessary to be competitive and successful in the workplace.We also need to communicate the ways in which postsecondary institutions are meeting the needs of employers.Work-based Learning OpportunitiesStudents benefit from work-based learning experiences that relate to their career goals. They receive practical training and experience that makes them more competitive and successful in the workplace.Employers benefit from having access to well-educated and motivated employees at a reduced cost who may then be viable candidates for permanent employment upon completion.Over time, investments in our State Work Study program have declined from $22m annually to $8m.This program provides students with practical work experience in jobs that relate to their program of study and career goals.The program used to serve 1 in 12 needy students but due to reduced funding the program now only serves 1 in 30.We also believe that all students should be able to find work-based learning opportunities and so we are proposing to develop an online clearinghouse of not only SWS jobs but also internships and other opportunities where students can obtain valuable skills that will make them more competitive and successful in the workplace.Encourage Returning Adult StudentsA recent analysis by Council staff shows that more than 450,000 adults have earned some college credits but are making less than the poverty level. [based on Census data]Some may have enough credits for a degree but never filled out the paperwork to receive it.Some may be within a few courses and just need convenient access to courses or credit for prior learning whether on the job, through the military or other venue.If we can help these adults complete a postsecondary credential, it will improve their chances of advancing their careers and improving their quality of life and help us reach the statewide goals. Leverage TechnologyThe Council will create a statewide educational technology consortium that will be comprised of educators, technology specialists, and librarians from early learning, k12, and postsecondary education as well as employers.The consortium will be charged with develop a report to recommend strategies that enhance student learning and that address the following:Opportunities for using technology efficiently to deliver education in the workplace.Providing training and mentoring for educators at all levels.Leveraging buying power for statewide licensing of materials and technology.Sharing best practices of using technology to enhance learning.Encouraging innovative uses of technology to enhance learning.
  • The last set of objectives address the objective of Preparing for the Future – which includes preparing students and their families for postsecondary education and ensuring our institutions have the capacity to meet student, employer, and community needsThey are presented here in priority order within this set of objectives. 
  • Monitor and report on system-wide programmatic, physical, and technological capacity.Expected ResultsIncreases in the following:The programmatic, physical, technological, and financial capacity of postsecondary institutions.Responsiveness to changes in student and employer needs.
  • Next StepsThe next step is to begin implementation of the action items. In fact, the Council and our partners have already begun work in several areas.Ensuring cost is not a barrier – funding for SNG and College BoundEnsuring all high school graduates are career and college ready – supporting CCS and SBAC [ISLS grant we are fiscal agents on]Respond to student, employer, and community needs – OFM forecast model, employer needs assessmentIncrease awareness of postsecondary opportunities – Ready, Set, Grad websiteEncourage adults to earn a postsecondary credential – prior learning assessment (PLA) 
  • (Maud)As you have seen, the Ten-year Roadmap identifies key strategies for addressing the State’s educational needs over the next decade.Certainly this is just the beginning of this endeavor, with the Roadmap laying the foundation for the Council and the State’s future work.As Gene just indicated, the Council’s Strategic Action Plan (submitted next fall) will lay out detailed legislative and budget recommendations for the next biennium.For the upcoming 2014 Legislative Session, the Council has identified the following priorities:Fully fund College Bound Scholarship. $12M to serve all 8,000 eligible students for FY 14-15. (Supplemental budget request for WSAC)Even though $36M was appropriated for College Bound in the 13-15 biennial budget, funding is insufficient to meet demand, meaning another $12M is required to serve all eligible student in the upcoming academic year.Increase students served by State Need Grant Program.$16M to increase number by 3,800 for FY 14-15. (Supplemental budget request for WSAC)Despite the Legislature’s long-standing commitment to provide aid to the state’s neediest students state funding is no longer sufficient to meet demand. Since 2009-10 more than 30,000 eligible students have not received the SNG grant each year due to lack of funds.Council will actively promote the legislative adoption of the educational attainment goals included in the Roadmap:All Washington adults have a high school diploma or equivalent.At least 70 percent of Washingtonians have postsecondary credential.Support legislation aligned with Ten-Year Roadmap priorities. We anticipate supporting legislation and budget requests related to Roadmap priorities (e.g. increasing student support services, like counseling and career mentoring; expansion of dual-enrollment/dual-credit programs; efforts to improve alignment of educational programs with workforce needs; efforts to align secondary and postsecondary assessments and requirements)Eliminate unnecessary or duplicative state regulatory requirements.In recent years the public baccalaureate institutions and the community and technical colleges have requested relief from state regulatory and reporting requirements in order to focus limited resources on their core academic and teaching functions. The Council will support similar efforts in 2014 to eliminate unnecessary or duplicative regulatory requirements for postsecondary institutions.
  • This needs to be pasted as a chart, not a picture, so I can clean it up. I find the chart confusing; it doesn’t clearly convey the point. Recommend including the Y-axis and deleting the numbers in the text boxes except for the first and last year. Also recommend including a brief text box with one sentence takeaway. Each year more and more middle school students are signing up for College Bound. This is due in large part to the work done by the College Success Foundation working with schools to ensure higher and higher portions of free and reduced priced lunch students are signing up.
  • The site is designed to help students and their families and supporters to prepare for life after high school.
  • Questions?
  • Sharratt WSU Principal Presentation 11.21.13

    1. 1. Washington Student Achievement Council WSU Principals – November 21, 2013 Gene Sharratt, Executive Director 1
    2. 2. Washington Student Achievement Council 11/21/2013 Leadership . . . 2
    3. 3. David McCullough Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and the author of Truman and John Adams How do you know when a leader is special? “History takes time. But it’s very important to look at how people have handled failure. Did it break them? Did they start whimpering and blaming others? Or did they get up and get going again? What I write about is courage and worthy accomplishment.”
    4. 4. David McCullough Do you think about retiring? “ . . . When the founders wrote about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, they didn’t mean long vacations and more comfortable hammocks. They meant the pursuit of learning. The pursuit of improvement and excellence. In hard work is happiness.”
    5. 5. 5 Washington Student Achievement Council
    6. 6. 6 Washington Student Achievement Council
    7. 7. 7 Washington Student Achievement Council
    8. 8. “Leaders build capacity, not dependency.”
    9. 9. Leaders at all levels . . . “lead in the transformation of people and organizations.” 9
    10. 10. Leadership at all levels “Leaders are responsible for building the capacity in individuals, teams, and organizations so that everyone is a leader.” Hirsh & Killion (2009)
    11. 11. Washington Student Achievement Council Collaboration is key! 11
    12. 12. Collaboration + Teamwork = Growth
    13. 13. 13 Washington Student Achievement Council
    14. 14. Council Origins • RCW 28B.77 Mission: • Council’s propose: • Propose educational attainment goals. • Propose improvements and innovations to meet attainment goals. • Advocate for postsecondary education on the social, civic, and economic benefits of educational attainment. Washington Student Achievement Council Created by the Legislature in 2012 14
    15. 15. Inspire and foster excellence in educational attainment. Washington Student Achievement Council Our Vision: 15
    16. 16. Creativity & Imagination Innovation & Ingenuity Diversity & Access/Affordability Standards & Quality/ Outcomes Investments & Accountability Strategic Planning & Systems Alignment We can make no better investment in our future than education. Washington Student Achievement Council Technology & Invention 16
    17. 17. The Council Five Governor Appointed Citizen Members Four Education Sector Members Cabinet Position WSAC Agency Executive Director Washington Student Achievement Council 2012 House Bill (ESSHB) 2483 17
    18. 18. Maud Daudon, Chair President & CEO of Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Karen Lee, Vice Chair CEO of Pioneer Human Services, Western WA University Trustee Jeff Charbonneau Rumpeltes & Lawton, LLC • Independent Colleges of Washington 2013 National Teacher of the Year Chemistry, Physics, Engineering Dr. Susana Reyes Rai Nauman Mumtaz Assistant Superintendent, Mead School District Medical Student, University of Washington Tacoma Marty Brown Paul Francis Executive Director of SBCTC Executive Director of Council of Presidents • Two year public colleges • Four year public institutions Scott Brittain Assistant Superintendent, Ferndale School District • K-12 education system Washington Student Achievement Council Ray Lawton, Secretary 18
    19. 19. Institutional authorization GEAR UP WSAC Agency Advocacy GET Policy & Research Washington Student Achievement Council Financial aid 19
    20. 20. Achievements and Challenges 20 Washington Student Achievement Council
    21. 21. Washington Student Achievement Council Washington #1 in Need-Based Aid* 21 *Per undergraduate FTE National Association for State Student Grant Aid Programs, 2011-12
    22. 22. Public Baccalaureate Institutions • 5th best 5-year graduation rates. • 5th best 6-year graduation rates. • 3rd in the nation in bachelor’s degrees produced per 100 FTE students at public baccalaureates Washington Student Achievement Council • 5th best 4-year graduation rates. 22
    23. 23. WA Imports Talent Less than 1 year of College Washington Student Achievement Council Net Annual In-Migration by Education Level 2009-2011 4,714 Associate Degree or 1 year but less than a Bachelors 764 Bachlors Degree 1,343 Graduate or Professional degree 4,774 - 1,000 2,000 3,000 4,000 5,000 6,000 23 Source: WSAC Staff Analysis of 2009-11 American Community Survey Data
    24. 24. Washington Student Achievement Council Face Big Challenges 24
    25. 25. Participation and Funding • 47th in participation in 4-year public higher education at the undergraduate level. • 48th in participation in public graduate education. • 49th in per student (state) funding. Washington Student Achievement Council Washington ranks: 25
    26. 26. Major State Budget Components - Percent Change 2007 - 2015 Total State Higher Education Human Services K-12 15% 12.46% 10% 5% 0.91% 0% -5% -2.21% -6.36% -2.09% -10% -9.64% -15% -16.99% Washington Student Achievement Council Higher Ed Bears Brunt of Budget Cuts -20% -25% -30% Percent change in Near General Fund biennial appropriations, 2007-09 – 2013-15. Higher Education includes Opportunity Pathway account and HECB/WSAC appropriations. -25.88% 26
    27. 27. Washington Student Achievement Council Others count on us . . . 27
    28. 28. Washington Student Achievement Council Build Futures and Friendships 28
    29. 29. Washington Student Achievement Council Believe in Dreams 29
    30. 30. Washington Student Achievement Council Keep the Faith 30
    31. 31. Washington Student Achievement Council Foster Success 31
    32. 32. • RCW 28B.77.020 Stakeholder Input 2013 • Listening Tour • Workgroups December 2013 • 10-year Roadmap due to Legislature Washington Student Achievement Council Legislation 2012 32
    33. 33. 2023 Roadmap Actions 2019-21 Increased Attainment Washington Student Achievement Council 2018-19 33 Time
    34. 34. ‹#› Washington Student Achievement Council 11/21/2013
    35. 35. Demographic Imperative Washington Public High School Graduates 100% 90% 80% Am. Indian/Alaska Native 7% 4% 9% 2% Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 4% 9% 2% 70% Black, non-Hispanic 17% 20% 4% 11% 1% Hispanic 6% 60% 14% 1% 50% 40% 79% 75% 30% 66% 58% Washington Student Achievement Council White, non-Hispanic 20% 10% 35 0% 1997-98 (actual) 2007-08 (actual) 2017-18 (projected) 2027-28 (projected) Source: Longanecker, D. (2012). Knocking at the college door. Retrieved from
    36. 36. All adults in Washington will have a high school diploma or equivalent. Washington Student Achievement Council 2023 Attainment Goals At least 70% of Washington adults will have a postsecondary credential. 36
    37. 37. Number & percentage of Washingtonians completing a high school diploma or equivalent. Percentage of the population enrolled in a postsecondary certificate, apprenticeship, or degree program. Number of postsecondary certificates, apprenticeships, & degrees awarded annually. Washington Student Achievement Council Metrics 37
    38. 38. Access Learning Prepare Washington Student Achievement Council Objectives 38
    39. 39. Washington Student Achievement Council • Ensure cost is not a barrier for low-income students. • Make college affordable. • Ensure all high school graduates are career and college ready. • Streamline and expand dual-credit programs. • Increase support for all current and prospective students. 39
    40. 40. Access Learning Prepare Washington Student Achievement Council Objectives 40
    41. 41. • Align postsecondary programs with employment opportunities. Washington Student Achievement Council Photo Credit: State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. • Provide greater access to work-based learning opportunities. • Encourage adults to earn a postsecondary credential. • Leverage technology to improve student outcomes. 41
    42. 42. Access Learning Prepare Washington Student Achievement Council Objectives 42
    43. 43. Washington Student Achievement Council • Respond to student, employer, and community needs. • Increase awareness of postsecondary opportunities. • Help students and families save for postsecondary education. 43
    44. 44. Next Steps 1 4 2 2015 Update to Roadmap Report Monitor progress Washington Student Achievement Council Implement actions 3 2014 Strategic Action Plan 44
    45. 45. Council’s 2014 Legislative Priorities 1. Fully fund College Bound Scholarship. • $12M to serve all 8,000 eligible students for FY 14-15. 2. Increase students served by State Need Grant Program. • $16M to increase number by 3,800 for FY 14-15. 3. Adopt educational attainment goals for 2023: • All Washington adults have a high school diploma or equivalent. • At least 70 percent of Washingtonians have postsecondary credential. 4. Support legislation aligned with Ten-Year Roadmap priorities. 5. Eliminate unnecessary or duplicative state regulatory requirements. 45
    46. 46. • Created in 2007, the Scholarship is an early commitment of state financial aid to eligible students who sign up in 7th or 8th grade and fulfill the Pledge. • CBS encourages students, who might not consider college because of the cost, to dream big and continue their education beyond high school. Washington Student Achievement Council College Bound Scholarship 46
    47. 47. Apply for College Bound • Student Pledge: • Graduate from high school with a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher. • Be a good citizen with no felony convictions. • Apply for admission at an eligible institution. • File the FAFSA to determine income eligibility in the senior year to receive the scholarship in college. Washington Student Achievement Council • Online application, and paper applications translated into 10 languages. 47
    48. 48. 86.8% 78.7% 59.9% Non FRPL Non CBS CBS Other FRPL • Students not eligible for Free and Reduced Price Lunch (FRPL) who did not apply for the College Bound Scholarship have the highest graduation rate (2012). • The rate for CBS students is 19 percentage points higher than their lowincome peers who did not apply. Washington Student Achievement Council College Bound Graduation Rates 48
    49. 49. Washington Student Achievement Council Tacoma School District 49
    50. 50. Washington Student Achievement Council Bridgeport High School Class of 2013 50
    51. 51. I just really wanted to express my utmost gratitude for the whole College Bound Scholarship and the College Success Foundation. I really appreciate the chance I am being given and without this scholarship there really would have been no way of me going to college without taking out loans and having to go into debt. I also am the first generation in my family to be attending school here in America, so the understanding of the whole school system came down to just me. I am just so extremely thankful for this scholarship and I [am] very happy I decided to sign up for it in middle school. Washington Student Achievement Council From a College Bound Student: 51
    52. 52. College Bound Applications Washington Student Achievement Council Graduating Class of 2017 52 Complete CBS applications as a percent of eligible students (free and reduced price lunch population). 9/5/2013
    53. 53. Eligibility outstrips SNG funding 101,133 105,669 106,428 30,966 32,443 68,244 1,880 25,677 78,009 5,498 71,686 21,948 3,118 1,601 79% 77% 66,364 70,085 70% 72,511 79% 70% 56% 70,376 72,338 74,703 73,985 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 56% 2006-07 2007-08 Total Eligible 2008-09 SNG Unserved Served with Local Funds Washington Student Achievement Council 92,324 53
    54. 54. State Need Grant Makes a Difference • Low-income students in the research sector are more likely to persist during the year if they receive SNG (86% compared to 76%). • Served students are more likely to re-enroll in the following academic year. • Served students are more likely to enroll full-time and attend the full academic year. • Low-income students with SNG attending four-year institutions borrow $2,700 less on average. *A Descriptive Study of Washington State Need Grant Eligible Students Enrolled in Community and Technical Colleges in 2011-12. State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. March 2013. Washington Student Achievement Council • Retention is significantly higher if eligible students receive a SNG in the community and technical colleges (82% compared to 72%).* 54
    55. 55. GET Helps Families Save • State-backed guarantee – payout based on WA’s highest resident undergraduate public tuition at time of attendance. • Over 152,000 accounts opened – current assets >$2.55 billion. • Average amount saved per GET account – almost 2 years worth of tuition at WA’s highest priced public university • Helped more than 32,000 students attend college in all 50 states and 14 foreign countries. • Often only option for middle income families who don’t qualify for other financial aid. Washington Student Achievement Council • Washington’s 529 plan - Best suited for families with young children. 55
    56. 56. WWW.READYSETGRAD.ORG 56 Washington Student Achievement Council
    57. 57. Washington Student Achievement Council Our Team 57
    58. 58. 58 Washington Student Achievement Council 11/21/2013
    59. 59. Washington Student Achievement Council More Information 59
    60. 60. Washington Student Achievement Council As a leader, If you don’t have values, You don’t add value 60
    61. 61. “Speak the truth to power” Washington Student Achievement Council As leaders, we must create an environment where we encourage those we serve to 61
    62. 62. Washington Student Achievement Council Life is the difference between the trip you planned, and the trip you take 62