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Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, 2020
Guided Pathways is a comprehensive reform model focused on student success by designing clear pathways for students, helping them to make informed decisions, and stay on their chosen path while striving to increase attainment in credentials with labor market value. The population of students that will provide colleges the best evidence of the…
Descriptors: Educational Change, College Readiness, Adult Basic Education, Adult Students
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, 2020
Financial aid is an ever-growing topic of interest to researchers as well as policymakers in understanding the impact and relationship to student success. Aid comes in many forms, from merit-based or need-based scholarships and grants, loans, tuition waivers, and other. Federal and state aid programs alike are typically designed to assist students…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Low Income Students, Access to Education, Resource Allocation
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, 2019
This research brief describes college attainment for students pursuing professional-technical education. Using a cohort of 36,700 first-time in college (FTIC) students who started college between 2010 and 2012, this analysis focuses on students whose goal in their final year was a professional-technical education. The cohort was given four years…
Descriptors: Educational Attainment, College Freshmen, Professional Education, Technical Education
Kenesson, Summer – Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, 2019
College Preparatory Programs with Exams (CPPEs) include academically-rigorous high school classes that culminate in standardized exam-based assessments. Students take the classes as part of their high school schedule and apply them toward their graduation requirements, typically whether or not they take the exams at the end. Without the exam,…
Descriptors: College Preparation, Equal Education, Standardized Tests, Advanced Placement Programs
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, 2019
The State Need Grant (SNG) has been Washington state's largest need-based financial aid program for low-income students. The year 2007-08 was the last year in which it was funded sufficiently to serve nearly all (98 percent) of eligible students. From 2010-2018, up to 30 percent of eligible students were unserved. In 2013, the Washington State…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Two Year College Students, Student Financial Aid, State Aid
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, 2018
Precollege courses, also known as "developmental" courses, help students prepare for introductory college courses, most often in math and English language arts (reading/writing). Most colleges use entrance exams, prior coursework, or other evaluations to determine whether students should start in a college level or precollege course for…
Descriptors: Developmental Studies Programs, College Readiness, Student Placement, Remedial Instruction
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, 2018
Until 2014, the General Educational Development (GED®) test dominated the high school equivalency (HSE) test market throughout the United States, to the point that educational experts acknowledged the acronym "GED" had become synonymous with "high school equivalency." However, changes to the test, the way it is administered,…
Descriptors: High School Students, High School Equivalency Programs, Equivalency Tests, Student Participation
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, 2018
The focus of this paper is a course that may be helpful to consider for its overall role in guiding students to degree completion: Introductory Psychology or Psychology 100. The reason for focusing on Introductory Psychology is its commonality in both the Associate of Arts Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) degree and the Associate of Nursing…
Descriptors: Psychology, Introductory Courses, Associate Degrees, Nursing Education
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, 2018
The Worker Retraining (WRT) program is a key strategy in meeting the economic and workforce needs of Washington's workers and employers. Funded through the state legislature, the aim of WRT is to ensure dislocated and other unemployed workers have access to education and training that will help them reattach to the labor market in jobs and careers…
Descriptors: Job Training, Retraining, Employment Programs, State Programs
Prince, David – Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, 2018
This report is based on the records of 23,470 students who earned a bachelor's degree as graduates of the Class of 2016. The study population includes all students who earned a degree from one of the six public baccalaureate institutions or from one of the 16 community and technical colleges that offer an applied bachelor's degree for whom…
Descriptors: Public Colleges, College Transfer Students, Educational Attainment, Bachelors Degrees
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, 2018
The Opportunity Grant (OG) program is the Washington community and technical college system's dedicated financial aid program designed to help low-income students enroll in and complete programs leading to high-wage, high-demand careers. Washington's Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program is a nationally recognized model…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Student Financial Aid, Low Income Students, Literacy Education
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, 2017
The purpose of this study is to answer key questions about the structure of certificates and their function in employability and degree attainment in the Washington State Community and Technical College (CTC) System. Specifically, this study addresses the following: (1) Do certificates play a role in helping students progress along career pathways…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Technical Institutes, Student Certification, Employment Potential
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, 2017
Though it is still possible to enter the nursing profession with a Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate (LPN) or an Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN), it is becoming increasingly necessary to get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in order to be assured of continued employment. The Associate in Applied Science-T Nursing Degree prepares…
Descriptors: Nursing Education, Nursing Students, Community Colleges, Technical Institutes
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, 2016
In January 2012, a system-wide task force came together for a nearly year-long process of revising the community and technical college system's performance-based funding (PBF) system, the Student Achievement Initiative. This review was consistent with national experts' recommendations for continuous evaluation of PBF systems to ensure overall…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Technical Institutes, Academic Achievement, Funding Formulas
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, 2016
Washington's Community and Technical Colleges (the colleges) serve 305,087 credit and 95,890 non-credit students. The colleges' service region, for the purpose of this report, consists of Washington State. This report assesses the impact of the colleges as a whole on the state economy and the benefits generated by the colleges for students,…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Economic Impact, Community Colleges, Technical Institutes
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