The state of Washington is attacking the college affordability issue on multiple fronts and making progress in preparing more of its own residents to obtain higher-paying jobs, contends Professor William Zumeta of the University of Washington College of Education in a new commentary piece published by The Conversation.

“Washington state doesn’t have a problem finding educated people to work in its booming high-tech economy – it’s just most of those people come from out of state,” writes Zumeta, author of “Financing American Higher Education in the Era of Globalization” and a faculty member of the UW's Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.

In his piece, Zumeta highlights three significant aspects of Washington’s landmark Workforce Education Investment Act enacted into law in May 2019 to make college more affordable. Among those is the fact that funding to cover tuition and fees is guaranteed for all financially needy students that apply for the new college grants. 

“The fact that the grant money is guaranteed may lead students – especially first-generation college students – to do more to prepare for college, because they know the cost is covered,” Zumeta writes. 

Read the piece in its entirety at The Conversation.

Zumeta teaches in the areas of policy analysis and public policies toward higher education and the workforce. His research interests focus on higher education policy, including accountability; finance; graduate education and academic research policies; public policies affecting private higher education policy; and education and workforce policies. He is a fellow of the TIAA Institute and previously served as a senior fellow of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education and as president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.


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