New College Council On Statewide Listening Tour

Friday, February 22, 2013
When then-Gov. Chris Gregoire appointed people to the state’s new Student Achievement Council last year, she emphasized to its members that she wanted the group to focus on students, not institutions. The council replaced the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Board, but its focus is aligning the state’s education systems — K-12 public schools, community colleges and four-year colleges and universities — so that they work more effectively and efficiently to get students advanced training and higher-education degrees. On Wednesday at 5 p.m., the council will hold a public meeting to solicit ideas at Seattle Central Community College’s Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway. It’s part of an eight-stop education tour to solicit thoughts statewide about which policies and programs are working, and which ones are not. The council is charged with writing a 10-year road map to increase higher education in Washington and has a Dec. 1 deadline.

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