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REPORT: Signs of Recovery in Postsecondary Enrollment; Still Down 51,000+

February 5th, 2024

After three years of steep declines, enrollment at Washington’s postsecondary institutions began to show signs of recovery in fall 2023, led by gains at the Community and Technical Colleges (CTCs). That’s according to updated data shared by our state’s four-year postsecondary institutions and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Recent policy gains should help pave pathways to credentials for Washington students,… Read more

Our Priorities for 2024

January 2nd, 2024

Washington state has demonstrated remarkable resilience in recent years despite profound national and global challenges. Thanks to the strength and diversity of our economic base, unemployment in Washington in 2023 was among its lowest levels in six decades. State revenue growth, while slowing, is projected to remain positive through the next two biennia. However, slowing global economic growth and geopolitical turbulence pose significant… Read more

PATH TO 70 UPDATE: Projected Credential Attainment Decline Demands Bold Action

August 23rd, 2023

In 2016, the Washington Roundtable set a goal: 70% of Washington students—overall and within each racial and ethnic community—will complete a postsecondary credential by age 26. This goal reflects the workforce needs of Washington employers and national and state data projecting that at least 70% of jobs in our state will be filled by workers who complete a credential, such as a degree,… Read more

A conversation with the new Washington Roundtable members

May 15th, 2023

The Washington Roundtable recently welcomed new members to our board. Get to know Brian McGuigan, CEO of Laird Norton Company; Chad Robins, CEO, Co-founder, and Chairman of the Board for Adaptive Biotechnologies; Jeremy Lott, President and CEO of SanMar; and Jim Morehead, President of Bank of America Seattle. Why did you decide to join the Washington Roundtable? BM: My predecessor as CEO of… Read more