Established as a new cabinet-level state agency on July 1, 2012, the Washington Student Achievement Council provides strategic planning, oversight, and advocacy to support increased student success and higher levels of educational attainment in Washington.
The nine-member Council consists of five citizens (including a current student) and one representative from each of the state's four major educational sectors. Agency staff led by Executive Director Dr. Gene Sharratt support the work of the Council, performing assigned functions and managing student financial aid programs.
- Developing a 10-year roadmap for higher education, including recommendations for initiatives and resources needed to increase educational attainment.
- Improving student success by setting minimum college admission standards and identifying ways to help students better transition through all phases of education.
- Ensuring the quality of state financial aid programs and services that support educational access and affordability.
- Providing college savings opportunities through the Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program.
- Preparing under-represented middle and high school students for postsecondary education through early outreach and success programs such as College Bound and GEAR UP.
- Protecting education consumers by authorizing out-of-state institutions to operate in Washington, and monitoring program quality and finances.
- Representing the broad public interest above the interests of the individual institutions of higher education.