OLYMPIA— Panel presentations addressing college and career readiness, teacher preparation, and college access scholarships will be part of a day-long discussion at the Higher Education Coordinating Board’s (HECB) Thursday, March 31 meeting as the Board prepares to update the state’s Strategic Master Plan for Higher Education.
The current 10-year master plan was endorsed by the Legislature in 2008 as a set of broad policy goals for higher education in Washington. The Board is required to update the Strategic Master Plan every four years. The primary goal of the plan is to raise educational attainment among all Washington residents.
At its March 31 meeting, the Board will spend part of the morning reviewing the scope and context of the plan update, the main objectives and strategies of the current plan, and the timeline for work ahead. A panel composed of Randy Dorn, Superintendent of Instruction, Charlie Earl, executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and Council of Presidents representative James Gaudino, president of Central Washington University, will provide additional perspective about master plan priorities.
The afternoon session will include three panel discussions to aid the Board in its update efforts. The panels will include:
· A presentation by American College Testing (ACT) representatives who will discuss ACT’s report on common core state standards for college and career readiness. The report is based on college and career readiness data gathered by ACT as part of its pre-college testing efforts.
· A discussion by representatives of state higher education agencies, private institutions, and the K-12 system on what can be done in an era of budget cuts to develop college-ready students and classroom-ready teachers.
· A presentation by Washington Scholarship Coalition representatives on the theWashBoard.org, a clearing house that helps students pay for college by connecting them to scholarship opportunities.
Other business on the March HECB agenda will include a staff update on the 2011 legislative session and budget issues.
Briefing materials for the meeting are available at: www.hecb.wa.gov/boardmeetings/index.asp