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Advisory: July 15 Council Meeting

The importance of student supports in increasing educational outcomes

July 12, 2021 

Olympia—On Thursday, July 15, the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) will discuss the role of student supports in improving educational outcomes. 

Low-income, first-generation, and marginalized student populations face higher rates of basic needs insecurity. Basic needs insecurity (food and housing insecurity, as well as lack of child care and healthcare) can present significant barriers to student success. 

The July meeting will allow the Council to explore this issue with the Postsecondary Basic Needs Task Force. Task force members are developing a proposed state vision and action agenda to address basic needs insecurity.  

Additional agenda items include a consideration of strategies to increase racial equity and possible policy proposals designed to strengthen dual credit opportunities for Washington students.  

The public will have opportunities to comment during the meeting. Those who plan to attend should register on Zoom prior.  

All meeting materials will be available online on the day of the meeting. 

About Student Supports

Basic need disparities undermine persistence and completion rates for postsecondary students. WSAC’s role is to support postsecondary institutions and catalyze partnerships toward comprehensive and coordinated supports for students' basic needs. These include food and housing insecurity, childcare access, and behavioral health. Visit the student supports page to learn more.  

About Dual Credit

Dual credit programs empower students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously. Students who earn college credit are more likely to graduate high school, enroll in college, and complete college degrees. Visit the dual credit page to learn more.  

About the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC)

The Washington Student Achievement Council is committed to increasing educational opportunities and attainment in Washington.