What is the Value of Public Higher Education?
Over multiple decades, state government support for public post-secondary education has dramatically decreased to the point that most institutions view themselves as ‘state-sponsored’ and not ‘state-supported’ institutions. During the same period, students in the state of Washington have been subject to dramatic tuition and fee increases and increasing debt to pay for their education as legislative funding priorities have shifted. This forum will examine the value of public post-secondary education across the public sectors of Washington Higher post-secondary education related to bridging achievement gaps, workforce development, economic benefits to the state, and the overall common good of a public higher education system.
Michael Meotti, Executive Director, Washington State Achievement Council
Cody Eccles, Director of Government Relations & Business Affairs, Washington State Council of Presidents
Christopher Nesmith, Career and Technical Education, West Valley High School