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

Report | January 27, 2016

Higher education is an avenue for individual achievement, an engine of economic growth, an

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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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Latest Blog Posts

Visioning Tuition-Free College

Economic Opportunity Institute | May 31, 2018

Seattle Colleges can be tuition-free! Let’s create a vision together about how that should

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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Why it Matters