Higher Education Attainment Goal. The Student Achievement Council (Council) provides strategic planning, oversight, advocacy, and administers programs to support students and higher education in the state. The Council is statutorily required to propose educational attainment goals and priorities to meet the state's higher education needs. In 2013, the Council established the following two educational attainment goals for 2023 that the Legislature adopted in 2014:
Washington Fund for Innovation and Quality. The Washington Fund for Innovation and Quality in Higher Education Program is administered by the Council and College Board to award incentive grants to public institutions of higher education, or consortia of institutions to encourage cooperative programs designed to address specific system problems. Strong priority will be given to proposals that involve more than one sector of education and to proposals that show substantive institutional commitment.
The Washington Career and College Pathways Innovation Challenge Program (program) is created and will be administered by the Council. The purpose of the program is to meet statewide attainment goals through the use of local and regional partnerships.
The program must be administered using a competitive grant process and must consider, among other things initiatives that:
The Council must hire staff to support grant oversight and provide technical assistance to grantees. The Council must provide a report to the Legislature annually regarding the grants that were awarded and progress of each project.
The Washington Career and College Pathways Innovation account is established in the custody of the state treasurer. The council may accept public and private gifts, grants, and endowments for the program.
The Washington Fund for Innovation and Quality is repealed.