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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
Kwakye, Isaac; Kibort-Crocker, Emma – Washington Student Achievement Council, 2020
Spring 2020 marked the onset of one of the most tumultuous eras in recent memory. The rapid spread of COVID-19 wreaked havoc on communities across the globe, and in the U.S., the epicenter of the outbreak was located in Washington State. Beyond the immediate concerns around personal health and safety, COVID-19 produced a host of other issues that…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Higher Education, Economic Impact
Washington Student Achievement Council, 2020
The COVID-19 crisis has upended life in the United States, extending well beyond health and safety concerns. Millions of Americans have faced financial instability as states have shut down their economies to curb the spread of the virus. As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, drawing lessons from history on resilience and recovery can inform…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Higher Education, Economic Impact
Washington Student Achievement Council, 2020
Washington employment projections continue to show strong demand for workers with postsecondary education. Nearly 70 percent of all projected job openings require at least some education beyond high school, with two-thirds requiring midlevel education or higher. As businesses, industries, and workplaces become increasingly complex, employers need…
Descriptors: Employment Patterns, Skilled Occupations, Skilled Workers, Labor Force
Monear, Daryl – Washington Student Achievement Council, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020 triggered a recession and deep changes in Washington's labor market. Widespread temporary business closures, followed by a slow-paced phased reopening, have caused soaring unemployment rates. Workers are looking to improve their employability in a rapidly shifting economic landscape by reskilling into…
Descriptors: Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Market, Career Development
Kwakye, Isaac; Kibort-Crocker, Emma; Pasion, Sarah – Washington Student Achievement Council, 2020
Equity gaps in our society have existed and persisted over time. Recent events have further emphasized racial injustices in society. The disproportionate health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on people of color have exacerbated existing inequities, leading to renewed calls for social justice. The COVID-19 crisis is also shedding light…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Achievement Gap, Postsecondary Education, Labor Market
Kwakye, Isaac; Kibort-Crocker, Emma – Washington Student Achievement Council, 2020
As students navigate the many challenges of higher education, compounded by the disruption of the COVID-19 crisis, mental health is a key issue that can impact their academic and personal success. A growing body of evidence shows that a significant portion of postsecondary students experience mental health issues. Some students are more commonly…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Postsecondary Education, College Students
Kwakye, Isaac; Kibort-Crocker, Emma – Washington Student Achievement Council, 2020
Despite progress in the number of Washingtonians receiving postsecondary credentials, there are persistent gaps in attainment rates for underrepresented minority groups. Notably, the Hispanic population is the state's second-largest racial/ethnic group, but educational outcomes lag behind their white counterparts. Narrowing these equity gaps…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Equal Education, Postsecondary Education, Educational Attainment
Kwakye, Isaac; Kibort-Crocker, Emma – Washington Student Achievement Council, 2020
Higher education systems equip individuals with the tools they need to succeed in the labor market with higher-paying jobs that lead to improved living standards and more secure and fulfilling lives. Higher education was critical in the recovery from the last recession, and during the COVID-19 crisis, higher education has acted as a protective…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Benefits, Income, Employment
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