The Higher Education Coordinating Board, which is transitioning to the new Student Achievement Council effective July 1, 2012, will hold its next-to-last public meeting Thursday, April 26, at Olympic College in Bremerton. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the Humanities and Student Services Building—HSS 119-121.
One presentation will summarize work to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the State Need Grant program in preparation for the 2013 Legislative Session and 2013-15 biennial budget. A separate study of longitudinal data on SNG student outcomes also will be conducted. Rachelle Sharpe, director of Student Financial Assistance, will make the report.
The Board, established in 1986, also has been instrumental in guiding the growth of the state’s higher education system, including the research university branch campuses and a growing number of university centers. At the Bremerton meeting, board members will hear reports on ongoing, collaborative, statewide efforts to achieve the goals of the 2008 strategic master plan for higher education.
Several presentations are scheduled, including:
- A College Bound Scholarship update. More than 9,000 College Bound students have completed financial aid forms and are expected to enroll in fall 2012.
- A progress report on the implementation of Common Core Standards. Statewide standards in math and English language arts are being aggressively implemented.
- A progress report on establishing two new higher education centers to serve Kitsap County, one at Olympic College, the other at Peninsula College.
An agenda and other materials for the April 26 meeting have been posted. The final HECB meeting will be held June 28 in Olympia.