The state's public and private institutions provide an array of academic programs that serve an expanding and diverse population. For more than 150 years, Washington’s higher education system has been an important catalyst in the development of the state’s human and economic potential.
Washington is home to a wide range of postsecondary institutions, including major public research universities like the University of Washington and Washington State University; 34 community and technical colleges; and numerous private career colleges.
The Student Achievement Council is responsible for promoting and ensuring high-quality postsecondary education. This includes protecting Washington citizens, matching higher education investments to state needs, and ensuring the quality of college programs for veterans.