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Kwakye, Isaac; Oliver, Daniel – Washington Student Achievement Council, 2022
A postsecondary degree is widely promoted as a great intergenerational economic equalizer for individuals born into disadvantaged economic circumstances. Yet, there is little empirical evidence documenting the extent that this may be true and whether people from all racial and ethnic, and language backgrounds are benefitting equally. We provide a…
Descriptors: Social Mobility, Occupational Mobility, Economic Factors, Income
Kwakye, Isaac; Lacalli, Emma – Washington Student Achievement Council, 2022
Racial disparities are evident across Washington's K-12 education system. This report provides an analysis of Washington K-12 education data and reveals that there are consistent opportunity gaps for students of color. The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the need to address racial disparities as communities of color have faced disproportionate…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Racial Differences, School Readiness
Kwakye, Isaac; Deane, K. C. – Washington Student Achievement Council, 2022
Achieving Washington's state attainment goal of 70% of residents aged 25-44 earning a credential requires not just maintaining but increasing college enrollment among high school graduates and adult learners. Increasing enrollment and reaching the attainment goal among Washingtonians from populations historically excluded from higher education…
Descriptors: Enrollment Trends, Educational Policy, College Enrollment, Trend Analysis
Washington Student Achievement Council, 2022
The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) engaged with BERK Consulting to conduct twelve focus groups with adult learners across the state in 2022. Funded by the Lumina Foundation, the study focuses on populations furthest from educational opportunities, including those from racial and ethnic groups with the lowest attainment levels;…
Descriptors: Adult Students, Educational Attainment, Low Income Students, Employment Level
Monear, Daryl – Washington Student Achievement Council, 2022
Education and training after high school is critical for individual development and career advancement in Washington's innovative and evolving labor market. However, college enrollment and completion rates lag behind state goals and the national average. Washington has some of the most generous state financial aid opportunities in the country to…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, State Aid, Access to Education, Postsecondary Education
Byrne, Rebecca; Kibort-Crocker, Emma – Washington Student Achievement Council, 2022
Each year, only 60% of high school graduates in Washington transition to postsecondary education within one year. Family engagement is a critical part of the college search and transition process. Families are often involved in campus visits, financial planning, and the shifting of norms and responsibilities when a student begins their higher…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, College Bound Students, Family Involvement, College Choice
Kwakye, Isaac; Kibort-Crocker, Emma – Washington Student Achievement Council, 2021
Higher education can help improve Washington residents' outcomes so they will have the opportunity to lead productive and financially rewarding lives and contribute to the economic success and social wellbeing of the state. But the COVID-19 crisis is having a major impact on higher education, and postsecondary enrollment in Washington was down 13…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Elementary Secondary Education, School Closing
Wootan, Gail – Washington Student Achievement Council, 2021
This report is an update to the Washington Student Achievement Council's (WSAC) 2019 Transfer Report (see ED606179). WSAC submits a biennial progress report to the Washington state legislature that examines transfer associate degree effectiveness over time. As recommended by the 2019 report, this update is the first step toward applying an equity…
Descriptors: College Transfer Students, Associate Degrees, Equal Education, African American Students
Kwakye, Isaac; Kibort-Crocker, Emma; Lundgren, Mark; Pasion, Sarah – Washington Student Achievement Council, 2021
The widespread shift to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the need for digital technology at home. Students without adequate internet and computer access have experienced challenges participating in remote learning. This report presents information and insights about the digital divide for students in Washington. Although…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Access to Computers, Access to Education, Equal Education
Kwakye, Isaac; Kibort-Crocker, Emma; Lundgren, Mark; Pasion, Sarah – Washington Student Achievement Council, 2021
Higher education leads to increased earnings and lower risks of unemployment and is especially important for individuals during economic downturns. The COVID-19 crisis has caused unemployment rates to increase. In previous economic downturns, increases in unemployment rates led to surges in postsecondary enrollment. But contrary to historical…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Enrollment, COVID-19, Pandemics
Kwakye, Isaac; Kibort-Crocker, Emma – Washington Student Achievement Council, 2021
Washington is working to increase educational attainment so that 70 percent of all adults ages 25 to 44 have a postsecondary credential. However, ongoing inequities in education have impeded access to educational opportunities, and some racial groups are further from the statewide goal. Part of the issue is the transition from K-12 to…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Racial Differences, Achievement Gap, Elementary Secondary Education
Washington Student Achievement Council, 2021
In 2013, the Washington Student Achievement Council proposed a statewide goal for educational attainment that called for 70 percent of the state's 25-44 year olds (i.e., early and mid-career residents) to have a postsecondary credential. The goal was adopted by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee. In 2019, the…
Descriptors: Educational Planning, Statewide Planning, Strategic Planning, State Policy
Kwakye, Isaac; Kibort-Crocker, Emma; Lundgren, Mark – Washington Student Achievement Council, 2021
Higher education is increasingly important for individual wellbeing, the economic competitiveness of Washington state, and the state's recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. However, postsecondary enrollment trends have not kept pace with the state's changing economic needs and expanded financial aid programs. Issues with stagnant direct enrollment…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Postsecondary Education, Enrollment Trends
Washington Student Achievement Council, 2021
The Washington State Encyclopedia of Education Data uses data from a variety of sources to present a holistic look at educational outcomes in the state organized around the Washington Student Achievement Council's Strategic Framework. The key areas addressed in the Encyclopedia are educational attainment and outcomes, state investment and…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Educational Attainment, Adults, Elementary Secondary Education
Washington Student Achievement Council, 2021
Nationally, student debt has doubled between 2009 and 2019 and is now hovering around $1.7 trillion. The impact that student debt financing is having on borrowers of color is harmful and unsustainable. It is also widening the already significant racial wealth gap. The pandemic is likely to only exacerbate these inequities as people of color and…
Descriptors: Student Loan Programs, Student Financial Aid, Debt (Financial), Minority Group Students
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