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Higher-ed report sets goals, lacks plan, critics say

November 22, 2013 J

Keep college affordable and don’t let high tuition rates prevent low-income students from attending — those are two of the top recommendations from a new state policy group’s plan for the future of higher education in Washington.

But the report is short on details for how to accomplish those goals, and some critics say they’re disappointed with it.

The 10-year road map, written and approved by the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC), now goes to the Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee.

State Rep. Gerry Pollet, a critic, said the plan doesn’t say how to add more space in Western Washington’s high-demand schools and programs, and doesn’t define what an affordable education should cost.

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