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Supporting students' success by increasing retention and graduation rates with evidence-based programs (Pollet, Doglio, Kilduff)

Requires the four-year institutions of higher education to implement a student success program for students receiving need-based federal or state grant aid. Requires the community and technical colleges to implement the following for students enrolled in a degree granting program: A student success program and an evidence based remedial program. Requires the student achievement council to: (1) Administer a competitive grant program to provide precollege or ongoing peer mentoring; and (2) Contract with the western interstate commission for higher education to conduct an evaluation on: (a) Student success programs, remedial programs, and the competitive grant program for peer mentoring; and (b) mental health counseling and services provided for students at the institutions of higher education. Creates the public service graduate degree conditional grant program at the University of Washington. Creates the public service graduate degree conditional grant account. Makes an appropriation from the general fund to the University of Washington for the public service graduate degree conditional grant program.

EFFECT OF CHANGES MADE BY 1ST SUBSTITUTE
(1) Prohibits state funds from being used to finance conditional grants awarded under the Public Service Graduate Degree Conditional Grant program, but allows state funds to be used for administration of the program. (2) Removes the appropriation of one million dollars for the University of Washington Public Service Graduate Degree Conditional Grant program (program). (3) Requires the University of Washington to solicit grants and donations from public and private sources for the program

Hearing Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 -- 8:00 am

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1651&Year=2017#0    (opens a new browser tab)