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The Council of Presidents is the association of Washington state’s six public four-year college and universities. For more than 50 years we have worked to advance collaboration, cooperation, innovation, and efficiency across our sector and broader higher education to help drive economic prosperity, fiscal responsibility, and the advancement of sound public policy.

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Recent News

The ROI of a Four-Year College Degree

Recent news stories have highlighted skepticism shared by young people about postsecondary education. These trends include an uptick in the number of those taking gap years between high school and college, surveys showing that college students are stressed and questioning…

Welcoming WWU’s New Provost and Executive Vice President

COP congratulates Dr. Brad Johnson who last week was named provost of Western Washington University, effective August 1, 2022. Dr. Johnson has been a professor of Physics at Western since 1997 and has served as Dean of the College of…

What You Should Know About the FAFSA

As high school seniors across the state look towards the end of the academic year, many are submitting FAFSA applications and applying to colleges. Now is a good time for a FAFSA explainer. What is the FAFSA? The Free Application…

Thoughts on the Graduation Requirements Emergency Waiver Program

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly disrupted the education of K-12 students across our state. In response, the Washington State Board of Education (SBE) created the Graduation Emergency Waiver Program (GREW) to allow school districts, charter schools, tribal compact schools, state…

Budget Expands Cybersecurity Degree Options as Cyber Threats Grow

Recent geopolitical events – including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – have elevated the need to protect our nation’s systems and networks. President Biden recently warned companies about possible Russian cyberattacks, and urged them to ensure their own protection. The president’s…

Welcoming New EWU President Shari McMahan

On February 24, the Eastern Washington University (EWU) Board of Trustees selected California State University, San Bernardino Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Shari McMahan as the 27th president. Her appointment will begin on June 24, 2022. A first-generation…