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

A view of Everett Community College. Source: Everett Community College
Underfunding college shifts burden, debt to students

John Burbank | September 20, 2017

Monday night, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved an $80 billion annual increase in mi

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Instead of Funding Boeing Layoffs, Let’s Fund Higher Education

John Burbank | August 24, 2017

Our state leaders have said they understand the importance of higher education for Washing

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Why it Matters