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ERIC Number: ED538997
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 44
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
Washington State Student Achievement Initiative Policy Study: Final Report
Jenkins, Davis; Wachen, John; Moore, Colleen; Shulock, Nancy
Community College Research Center, Columbia University
In 2007, the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges launched a performance funding policy called the Student Achievement Initiative (SAI) both to improve public accountability by more accurately describing what students achieve from enrolling in community colleges and to provide incentives to colleges through financial rewards for increasing student success. Based on a three-year evaluation that included both a quantitative analysis of "achievement point" accumulation by colleges and qualitative fieldwork, this report assesses how and to what extent the SAI model of performance funding has encouraged two-year public colleges in the state to take steps to improve student achievement. We find that the SAI's intermediate milestone framework is viewed as helpful in focusing collective efforts on student progression and in publicly accounting for college performance. The funding mechanism has proved problematic and unpopular, as SAI funding has come from reallocated base funds rather than as additional funds as originally intended. (Contains 4 figures, 1 table, 9 boxes, and 5 footnotes.)
Community College Research Center. Available from: CCRC Publications. Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street Box 174, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 212-678-3091; Fax: 212-678-3699; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Columbia University, Community College Research Center
Identifiers - Location: Washington