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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Pay It Forward: An update on national progress

Fact Sheet | April 3, 2014

Since December 2012, when Oregon legislators introduced the nation’s first Pay It Forward

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SHB 2720 Pay It Forward: Restoring college access

Fact Sheet | February 6, 2014

Long-term declines in state higher education funding and recent severe budget cuts are pus

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Latest Blog Posts

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University of Washington TV tackles college tuition crisis

Economic Opportunity Institute | January 29, 2015

“Rising tuition is not unique to the University of Washington. It is being felt by student

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Ladders to opportunity: Sandra

Economic Opportunity Institute | November 3, 2014

“I grew up with farmers and mechanics, and those types of jobs were the middle class. And

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Why it Matters