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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

A Farewell from COP’s Executive Director

There’s a trick to the ‘graceful exit.’ It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, or a relationship is over–and let it go. It means leaving what’s over without denying its validity or its past…

The End of Pride Month Doesn’t Mean the End of Pride

As Pride month ends, it is worth taking a moment to acknowledge and honor the celebrations that have concluded, as well as the continued recognition of the queer community. What is Pride? June is LGBTQ Pride month, a commemoration of…

The Pell Grant: 50 Years of Opportunities

“I would never have had the chance to pursue my goals without the help of the Pell Grant. To me, the Pell Grant means opportunity.“ — L.T., Eastern Washington University student and Pell Grant recipient June 23, 2022 marks the…

Honoring Juneteenth

This Sunday marks Juneteenth. The holiday, also called Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Black Independence Day, is celebrated across the country. What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth is a portmanteau of the date June Nineteenth – “Juneteenth”. The day celebrates…

Celebrating the Return of In-Person Commencement Ceremonies

The end of this academic year marks an exciting time for our member institutions, as they celebrate a return to in-person commencement ceremonies after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. COP is thrilled to see the return of…

Washington’s Public 4-Year Sector: Serving Those Who Served

This year marks the 154th observance of Memorial Day. What began as “Decoration Day” in 1868 to commemorate Civil War soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery, has become a national holiday to remember those who have died in service of our…