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Feature Publication

Regional Challenge Grant Legislative Report 2023

Legislative Report: Establishing the Regional Challenge Grant

WSAC recognizes that our greatest chance of yielding systemic change in education requires that we center and uplift the strengths of communities in their collective efforts to improve educational outcomes for their students. In recognition of the need for culturally relevant and regionally responsive solutions, the Regional Challenge Grant (RCG) program invests in the formation and growth of cross-sector partnerships that are committed to increasing educational attainment in their communities. Passed in 2022 with bipartisan support, Senate Bill 5789 established RCG to provide direct financial support for cross-sector, regionally based partnerships whose work contributes to achieving the state’s postsecondary attainment goal, especially for learners from populations historically underserved by higher education.

This new report from WSAC introduces the inaugural RCG cohort, a remarkable collection of eight partnerships comprised of more than 65 organizations. The program’s goal is to empower regional partnerships that invest in communities so that structural barriers no longer impede educational access and outcomes, especially for students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, English-language learners, students with disabilities, students experiencing homelessness, and students in foster care.

Program FrameworkFull Report (also available in Spanish) | Appendix A (English | Spanish).

 

Research and Data

Research and Data

  • Establishing the Regional Challenge Grant: Local Partnerships Leading the Way to Advance Educational Outcomes in Washington (2023 Program Framework | Legislative Report - EnglishSpanish | Appendix A - EnglishSpanish)
  • A New Approach to Increasing Awareness of Postsecondary Opportunities and Financial Aid in Washington: Embedding a Learning Agenda into Outreach Efforts (2023)
  • Washington State Encyclopedia of Education Data (2021)
  • Lessons on Recovery: The Value and Potential of Higher Education in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis (2020 Executive Summary | Report)

 

Equity


  • State Strategies for Building Equitable Access to and Success in Postsecondary Education (2022)
  • Equity Can't Wait: Examining Racial Disparities in K-12 Education in Washington State (2022 Snapshot | Report)
  • The Digital Divide: Examining High-Speed Internet and Computer Access for Washington Students (2021)
  • What Evidence from Research Tells Us: Closing Racial Equity Gaps in K-12 Postsecondary Transitions - Research Spotlight (2021)
  • Equity Landscape: Exploring Equity Gaps in Washington Postsecondary Education (2020 Snapshot | Report)
  • What Evidence from Research Tells Us: Closing Equity Gaps in Postsecondary Access and Completion (2020)
  • Access and Diversity in the Running Start Program (2014)
  • Collaborative Efforts to Improve Access to Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities (2013)
  • Educational Attainment for All: Diversity and Equity in Washington State Higher Education (2013)

 

Affordability


  • State Student Loan Report (2023)
  • Knowledge is Power: Ongoing Efforts to Increase Financial Aid Awareness and Access for Washington Students (2023)
  • College Bound Scholarship Auto-Enrollment Brief (2023)
  • Intergenerational Economic Mobility of Need-Based Financial Aid Recipients in Washington: Evidence from Three years After Postsecondary Graduation (2022 Snapshot | Report)
  • Data Profile: FAFSA/WASFA and WCG Receipt (2021)
  • Maintaining Investment in Higher Education During a Time of Crisis (2020)
  • FAFSA Completion by High School Students (2019)
  • From the Frontline: Principals' Views on Engaging Students About the Benefits of Acquiring Postsecondary Education and Training Using Financial Aid (2019)
  • Issue Brief: Increasing financial aid applications pays off in student success (2019)
  • Affordability Framework (2016)

 

Enrollment


  • Strengthening OtterBot for Improved Financial Aid and Postsecondary Enrollment through the OTTERS Project (2024)
  • Washington Public Enrollment Trends: Monitoring Fall Enrollment at Postsecondary Institutions Before, During, and After the COVID-19 Pandemic (2023 Snapshot | Report)
  • Turning Intention into Action: Exploring Student Attributes that Predict Enrollment and Retention at Central Washington University (2023 Snapshot | Report)
  • Postsecondary Enrollment Trends: Fewer Washington High School Graduates in the Classes of 2020 and 2021 Enrolled Directly in Postsecondary Education - Research Spotlight (2023)
  • State-Level Enrollment Trends and Policy Responses (2022)
  • Views from Research: Exploring Challenges to Postsecondary Access (2022)
  • Exploring Challenges in Postsecondary Access (2022)
  • Adult Learner Study (2022)
  • OtterBot Brief (2022)
  • What Evidence from Research Tells Us: Family Engagement in College Pathways Decisions - Research Spotlight (2022)
  • Facing Learning Disruption: Examining the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on K-12 Students (2021)
  • Fall Enrollment Report: Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 on Postsecondary Enrollment in Washington (2021)
  • Improving Postsecondary Access: Washington Career and College Pathways Innovation Challenge Program (2021)
  • Understanding Postsecondary Enrollment Trends in Washington and How the COVID-19 Crisis Continues to Impact Students’ Postsecondary Opportunities (2021)
  • From the Frontline: Principals' Views on Engaging Students About the Benefits of Acquiring Postsecondary Education and Training Using Financial Aid (2019)
  • College Bound Scholarship Postsecondary Enrollment: An Exploration of Students' Understanding and Beliefs (2017)
  • GED Test Changes and Attainment (2016)
  • Reciprocity Report (2015)

 

Completion


  • Postsecondary Program Participation and Completion Patterns Among Individuals Incarcerated in Washington State Prisons (2021) - Developed for WSAC by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, in partnership with the Dept. of Corrections and State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
  • Some College, No Degree: A look at those who left early (2015)

 

Student Supports


  • Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness Pilot Project Report (2023 Executive Summary | Report)
  • Basic Needs Security Among Washington College Students (2023 Executive Summary | Report)
  • Bridge to Finish Outcome Study (2023 Snapshot | Report | Technical Appendix
  • Expanding Access to Housing Support Resources for Postsecondary Students Experiencing Homelessness in Washington (2022)
  • Exploring Food Insecurity for Postsecondary Students in Washington (2021)
  • What Evidence from Research Tells us: Addressing Mental Health Needs for Postsecondary Students (2020)
  • College Readiness (2016)

 

Labor Market


  • Pathways to Higher Education Credentials and Funding for Apprenticeships: Year One Integrated Summary Report (2023)
    • Appendix A – Situation Assessment of Pathways to Higher Education Credentials and Funding for Apprenticeships (2023)
    • Appendix B – Education Northwest: Apprenticeship and Higher Education Research Report (2023)
  • Annual Report to the Legislature: Assessment as to Whether the State Should Establish an Institution, or Centralized Program, for Apprentices to Receive Related Supplemental Instruction for Credit Toward a Degree (2023)
  • New and Expanded Cybersecurity and Nursing Programs Progress Report (2023)
  • COVID-19 Reskilling and Upskilling (2020 Report Snapshot I Report)
  • COVID 19 Reskilling and Upskilling Regional Highlights:
    • Chelan County (2021)
    • Grays Harbor County (2021)
    • Lewis County (2021)
    • Pierce County (2021)
    • Spokane (2020)
    • Thurston County (2021)
    • Tri-Cities (2020)
  • Exploring the Computer-Related Workforce of Washington State (2020)
  • Washington's Skilled and Educated Workforce Report (2021) (2019) (2017) (2015) (2013)
  • Educator Field Placement in Rural Areas (2019)
  • For-Profit Degree-Granting Institutions and Private Vocational Schools in Washington - Phase II Report (2017)
  • Regional Educational Needs Assessment (2017)
  • Situation Assessment of the Regulation of For-Profit and Private Vocational Schools in Washington (2016)
  • Southeast King County Higher Education Needs Assessment and Operating Plan Report (2016)

 

Dual Credit


  • Increasing Equitable Access, Participation, and Success for Students in Dual Credit Legislative Report from the Dual Credit Task Force (2021)
  • Dual Credit Report (2016)
  • Advanced Placement and College Credit: Policy Brief (2014)
  • Credit-by-Exam Acceptance Policies (2014)

 

Prior Learning Assessment


 

Transfer


  • Transfer Equity Project: Summary of Themes & Priorities (2023)
  • Transfer Report: A Review of Improvement in Transfer (2023) (2021) (2019) (2017) (2015) (2013) (2011)

 

Tuition and Fees


  • National Tuition and Fee Report (2014) (2013)

 

Residency


  • Residency Workgroup Report (2022)

Roadmap and Strategic Planning

Roadmap and Strategic Planning

Strategic Action Plans


 

Roadmap Updates and Supporting Briefs


  • Roadmap Progress Report (2019) (2017) (2015)
  • Postsecondary Success Issue Brief (2015)

 

Roadmap Report


Financial Aid Programs

Financial Aid Programs

Financial Aid Programs Expenditure Reports


 

Financial Aid Legislative Reports


  • Access, Affordability, Achievement: Annual Report on State Financial Aid Programs (2012)
  • Aerospace Training Student Loan Program Report (2019)
  • Aim Higher Washington - Legislative Report (2020)
  • College Bound Scholarship (2018) (2017)
  • College Bound Senior Counts and FAFSA Completion (2019)
  • Educator Workforce Report (2020)
  • Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) SB 5954 Legislative Report (2016)
  • Higher Education Loan Program Report (2012)
  • Passport to College Promise: Program Update (2017)
  • State Need Grant Legislative Report (2014)
  • State Need Grant Policy Review (2012)
  • State Need Grant Survey: Final Report (2014)
  • State Need Grant Less-Than-Half-Time Pilot Project Report (2013)
  • Student Financial Aid and Access Programs Annual Report: 2011-12 and 2012-13 (2013)
  • Student Loan Advocate - Legislative Report (2021)
  • Student Teaching Grant (2017)
  • Teacher Shortage Conditional Grant (2018)

Grant Awards

Grant Awards

Open Educational Resources


  • Open Educational Resources Grant Pilot Program (2019)
  • Final Report - Western Washington University (2019)
  • Final Report - Central Washington University (2019)
  • Report to the Legislature - Higher Education OER Grant Program (2019)

This page contains reports produced by the Washington Student Achievement Council since its inception on July 1, 2012. Reports and publications produced by its predecessor agency, the Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB), can be found in our archives.