Higher Education

As centers of education, research, and innovation, public colleges and universities spur economic development throughout the state. They help train and educate our ever-growing workforce, ensuring our state remains competitive in the global economy, and access to higher education is a key contributor to family economic security and upward mobility.


Research and Publications

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Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward: Technical Notes

Report | January 27, 2016

These technical notes accompany Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward, and cover the follo

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Testimony by Kelli Smith on HB 1344 – Pay It Forward for Washington Nurse Educators

Testimony | February 5, 2015

Testimony of Kelli Smith before the Washington State House Higher Education Committee on H

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Latest Blog Posts

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Inslee’s budget is pragmatic — but our students need state leaders to go bold

Marilyn Watkins | December 20, 2016

Whether delighted or appalled at the outcome of November’s national elections, pretty much

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Petition calls for taxing Olympia’s wealthiest households to create college fund

Economic Opportunity Institute | April 15, 2016

[via The Olympian] A petition is circulating for a new ordinance that would tax Olympia’s

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