State Board to distribute performance funding at Oct. 29 meeting
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges will convene its regular business meeting in Lacey on Thursday, Oct. 29 from 8:30
a.m. to noon. Board members will take action on a resolution to award a total of $4.7
million in performance funding to Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges
for student progress in the 2014-15 school year.
Board members will also hear about a new “guided pathways” initiative aimed at improving college completion rates. With this approach, students are given clear, deliberate, simple course choices that lead to certificates and degrees. Within one or two terms, students are directed into intentional pathways that lead to credentials. Guided pathways are to students what GPS systems are to drivers – a step-by-step set of directions to a final destination.
Also at the business meeting, board members will take action on applied baccalaureate degree proposals at North Seattle College, Bellevue College and Centralia College.
Prior to its regular business meeting, the board will hold a study session on Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 1 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. The board will learn about a new pilot project where students who transfer to Washington State University before completing their associate degrees can complete the degrees with additional coursework at the university. That way, students can show both a bachelor’s degree and an associate degree on their resumes, reflecting a broader, more accurate view of their skills and education over time. Community and technical colleges, in turn, will have documented completions that more accurately reflect their role in the students’ education.
Also at the work session, the board will discuss the community and technical college system’s 2016 supplemental capital budget proposal and hear statements of need for applied bachelor’s degrees at Yakima Valley Community College, Wenatchee Valley College, Pierce College, Columbia Basin College and Bellevue College.
The business meeting and work session will be held at the South Puget Sound Community College Lacey Campus, 4220 6th Ave. S.E. in Lacey. The agenda and background materials are posted at the State Board’s website.
Both meetings are open to the public.