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Feature Publication

CWU Report 2023

Research Spotlight: Turning Intention into Action - Exploring Student Attributes that Predict Enrollment and Retention at Central Washington University

Although Washington State’s postsecondary credential attainment rate for adults ages 25 to 44 has grown by nearly 5 percentage points over the last decade, the state has yet to achieve its goal of 70 percent. To boost the overall attainment rate, it is crucial to identify effective solutions for rapidly growing segments of the population. As an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and a postsecondary institution that enrolls a significant number of first-generation (first-gen) college-going students, Central Washington University (Central) stands as an essential site for research. With strong collaboration and support from Central leadership and staff, WSAC recently completed an analysis of administrative data for over 100,000 high school students admitted to Central over the past 15+ years. The analysis revealed several key findings about enrollment and first-year retention at Central. View the Research Spotlight.



Research and Data

Research and Data

  • 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)



  • 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)



  • 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)



  • 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)
  • 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)



  • 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

  • Basic Needs Security Among Washington College Students (2023 Executive Summary | Report)
  • Bridge to Finish Outcome Study (2023 Snapshot | Report | Technical Appendix
  • Otterbot Brief (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

  • 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 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 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

  • 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)


Financial Aid Programs Expenditure Reports

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.