Higher ed tuition bill spells workload increase for IR

The legislature finally received some good news this week. A tax amnesty program that allowed businesses to pay back taxes without penalty generated about ten times more revenue than expected. The total for the state comes to just about the same amount separating House and Senate negotiators, $250 million.

Today the House heard a bill to eliminate the Higher Education Coordinating Board. The bill was approved by the Senate but came to something of a halt on the other side of the rotunda. The chambers also disagree over workers’ compensation policy and a cut to K-12 teachers’ salaries.

The House and Senate are not in session tomorrow. The House is scheduled to vote on the tuition bill, HB 1795, on Monday.

Polling indicates that the public and policymakers are more likely to support public higher education if “investments” come with strings–“accountability” measures in legislative lingo. If this is true then the proposed tuition flexibility bill, HB 1795, should sail through the legislature to the governor’s desk because the bill contains 210 metrics.

Two-hundred and ten.

Ten score and ten.

I had thought that I was running across more record-keeping directives than normal when I read the last version of the bill, so I casually asked Michael Gass and Mark Lundgren if they knew how many measures they’d have to track. They counted them. Now I’m sorry I asked. It must have taken forever. I believe their work merits publication here:

A. Completion Accountability Measures

1. Number of bachelors degrees awarded

2. Number of bachelors degrees awarded disaggregated by race

3. Number of bachelors degrees awarded disaggregated by ethnicity

4. Number of bachelors degrees awarded disaggregated by sex

5. Number of bachelors degrees awarded disaggregated by state of origin

6. Number of bachelors degrees awarded disaggregated by county of origin

7. Number of bachelors degrees awarded disaggregated by age

8. Number of bachelors degrees awarded disaggregated by socioeconomic status

9. Number of graduate and professional degrees awarded

10. Number of graduate and professional degrees awarded disaggregated by race

11. Number of graduate and professional degrees awarded disaggregated by ethnicity

12. Number of graduate and professional degrees awarded disaggregated by sex

13. Number of graduate and professional degrees awarded disaggregated by state of origin

14. Number of graduate and professional degrees awarded disaggregated by county of origin

15. Number of graduate and professional degrees awarded disaggregated by age

16. Number of graduate and professional degrees awarded disaggregated by socioeconomic status

17. Number and percentage of undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within four years

18. Number and percentage of undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within four years disaggregated by race

19. Number and percentage of undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within four years disaggregated by ethnicity

20. Number and percentage of undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within four years disaggregated by sex

21. Number and percentage of undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within four years disaggregated by state of origin

22. Number and percentage of undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within four years disaggregated by county of origin

23. Number and percentage of undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within four years disaggregated by age

24. Number and percentage of undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within four years disaggregated by socioeconomic status

25. Number and percentage of undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within six years

26. Number and percentage of undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within six years disaggregated by race

27. Number and percentage of undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within six years disaggregated by ethnicity

28. Number and percentage of undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within six years disaggregated by sex

29. Number and percentage of undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within six years disaggregated by state of origin

30. Number and percentage of undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within six years disaggregated by county of origin

31. Number and percentage of undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within six years disaggregated by age

32. Number and percentage of undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within six years disaggregated by socioeconomic status

33. Average number of years to receipt of a bachelors degree

34. Average number of years to receipt of a bachelors degree disaggregated by race

35. Average number of years to receipt of a bachelors degree disaggregated by ethnicity

36. Average number of years to receipt of a bachelors degree disaggregated by sex

37. Average number of years to receipt of a bachelors degree disaggregated by state of origin

38. Average number of years to receipt of a bachelors degree disaggregated by county of origin

39. Average number of years to receipt of a bachelors degree disaggregated by age

40. Average number of years to receipt of a bachelors degree disaggregated by socioeconomic status

41. Average number of credits taken to receive a bachelors degree

42. Average number of credits taken to receive a bachelors degree disaggregated by race

43. Average number of credits taken to receive a bachelors degree disaggregated by ethnicity

44. Average number of credits taken to receive a bachelors degree disaggregated by sex

45. Average number of credits taken to receive a bachelors degree disaggregated by state of origin

46. Average number of credits taken to receive a bachelors degree disaggregated by county of origin

47. Average number of credits taken to receive a bachelors degree disaggregated by age

48. Average number of credits taken to receive a bachelors degree disaggregated by socioeconomic status

49. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who place into and enroll in remedial mathematics or English courses

50. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who place into and enroll in remedial mathematics or English courses disaggregated by race

51. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who place into and enroll in remedial mathematics or English courses disaggregated by ethnicity

52. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who place into and enroll in remedial mathematics or English courses disaggregated by sex

53. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who place into and enroll in remedial mathematics or English courses disaggregated by state of origin

54. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who place into and enroll in remedial mathematics or English courses disaggregated by county of origin

55. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who place into and enroll in remedial mathematics or English courses disaggregated by age

56. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who place into and enroll in remedial mathematics or English courses disaggregated by socioeconomic status

57. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who complete entry college-level math and English courses within the first two consecutive years

58. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who complete entry college-level math and English courses within the first two consecutive years disaggregated by race

59. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who complete entry college-level math and English courses within the first two consecutive years disaggregated by ethnicity

60. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who complete entry college-level math and English courses within the first two consecutive years disaggregated by sex

61. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who complete entry college-level math and English courses within the first two consecutive years disaggregated by state of origin

62. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who complete entry college-level math and English courses within the first two consecutive years disaggregated by county of origin

63. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who complete entry college-level math and English courses within the first two consecutive years disaggregated by age

64. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who complete entry college-level math and English courses within the first two consecutive years disaggregated by socioeconomic status

65. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who complete two quarters worth of credit during their first academic year

66. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who complete two quarters worth of credit during their first academic year disaggregated by race

67. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who complete two quarters worth of credit during their first academic year disaggregated by ethnicity

68. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who complete two quarters worth of credit during their first academic year disaggregated by sex

69. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who complete two quarters worth of credit during their first academic year disaggregated by state of origin

70. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who complete two quarters worth of credit during their first academic year disaggregated by county of origin

71. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who complete two quarters worth of credit during their first academic year disaggregated by age

72. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who complete two quarters worth of credit during their first academic year disaggregated by socioeconomic status

73. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who enroll consecutively from fall to spring

74. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who enroll consecutively from fall to spring disaggregated by race

75. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who enroll consecutively from fall to spring disaggregated by ethnicity

76. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who enroll consecutively from fall to spring disaggregated by sex

77. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who enroll consecutively from fall to spring disaggregated by state of origin

78. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who enroll consecutively from fall to spring disaggregated by county of origin

79. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who enroll consecutively from fall to spring disaggregated by age

80. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who enroll consecutively from fall to spring disaggregated by socioeconomic status

81. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who enroll consecutively from fall to fall

82. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who enroll consecutively from fall to fall disaggregated by race

83. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who enroll consecutively from fall to fall disaggregated by ethnicity

84. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who enroll consecutively from fall to fall disaggregated by sex

85. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who enroll consecutively from fall to fall disaggregated by state of origin

86. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who enroll consecutively from fall to fall disaggregated by county of origin

87. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who enroll consecutively from fall to fall disaggregated by age

88. Number and percentage of entering first-time undergraduate students who enroll consecutively from fall to fall disaggregated by socioeconomic status

89. Percentage of credit hours completed out of those attempted during an academic year

90. Percentage of credit hours completed out of those attempted during an academic year disaggregated by race

91. Percentage of credit hours completed out of those attempted during an academic year disaggregated by ethnicity

92. Percentage of credit hours completed out of those attempted during an academic year disaggregated by sex

93. Percentage of credit hours completed out of those attempted during an academic year disaggregated by state of origin

94. Percentage of credit hours completed out of those attempted during an academic year disaggregated by county of origin

95. Percentage of credit hours completed out of those attempted during an academic year disaggregated by age

96. Percentage of credit hours completed out of those attempted during an academic year disaggregated by socioeconomic status

97. Number and percentage of students enrolled in bachelor and advanced degree programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines

98. Number and percentage of students enrolled in bachelor and advanced degree programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines disaggregated by race

99. Number and percentage of students enrolled in bachelor and advanced degree programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines disaggregated by ethnicity

100. Number and percentage of students enrolled in bachelor and advanced degree programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines disaggregated by sex

101. Number and percentage of students enrolled in bachelor and advanced degree programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines disaggregated by state of origin

102. Number and percentage of students enrolled in bachelor and advanced degree programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines disaggregated by county of origin

103. Number and percentage of students enrolled in bachelor and advanced degree programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines disaggregated by age

104. Number and percentage of students enrolled in bachelor and advanced degree programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines disaggregated by socioeconomic status

105. Number and percentage of STEM undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within four years

106. Number and percentage of STEM undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within four years disaggregated by race

107. Number and percentage of STEM undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within four years disaggregated by ethnicity

108. Number and percentage of STEM undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within four years disaggregated by sex

109. Number and percentage of STEM undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within four years disaggregated by state of origin

110. Number and percentage of STEM undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within four years disaggregated by county of origin

111. Number and percentage of STEM undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within four years disaggregated by age

112. Number and percentage of STEM undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within four years disaggregated by socioeconomic status

113. Number and percentage of STEM undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within six years

114. Number and percentage of STEM undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within six years disaggregated by race

115. Number and percentage of STEM undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within six years disaggregated by ethnicity

116. Number and percentage of STEM undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within six years disaggregated by sex

117. Number and percentage of STEM undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within six years disaggregated by state of origin

118. Number and percentage of STEM undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within six years disaggregated by county of origin

119. Number and percentage of STEM undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within six years disaggregated by age

120. Number and percentage of STEM undergraduates receiving bachelors degrees within six years disaggregated by socioeconomic status

121. Unduplicated headcount of students enrolled over a twelve-month period

122. Unduplicated headcount of students enrolled over a twelve-month period disaggregated by race

123. Unduplicated headcount of students enrolled over a twelve-month period disaggregated by ethnicity

124. Unduplicated headcount of students enrolled over a twelve-month period disaggregated by sex

125. Unduplicated headcount of students enrolled over a twelve-month period disaggregated by state of origin

126. Unduplicated headcount of students enrolled over a twelve-month period disaggregated by county of origin

127. Unduplicated headcount of students enrolled over a twelve-month period disaggregated by age

128. Unduplicated headcount of students enrolled over a twelve-month period disaggregated by socioeconomic status

129. Unduplicated headcount of students enrolled over a twelve-month period disaggregated by student level

130. Unduplicated headcount of first-time students enrolled over a twelve-month period

131. Unduplicated headcount of first-time students enrolled over a twelve-month period disaggregated by race

132. Unduplicated headcount of first-time students enrolled over a twelve-month period disaggregated by ethnicity

133. Unduplicated headcount of first-time students enrolled over a twelve-month period disaggregated by sex

134. Unduplicated headcount of first-time students enrolled over a twelve-month period disaggregated by state of origin

135. Unduplicated headcount of first-time students enrolled over a twelve-month period disaggregated by county of origin

136. Unduplicated headcount of first-time students enrolled over a twelve-month period disaggregated by age

137. Unduplicated headcount of first-time students enrolled over a twelve-month period disaggregated by socioeconomic status

138. Annual ratio of undergraduate and graduate degrees per 100 FTE undergraduate students

139. Annual ratio of undergraduate and graduate degrees relative to states population of 18-24 years old with HS degree

B. Tuition Increase Accountability Measures

140. Total $ charged for tuition less total $ in federal tuition tax credits and financial aid awarded to students demonstrating financial need

141. $ charged for tuition less $ in federal tuition tax credits and financial aid per student demonstrating financial need

142. Total $ in financial aid awarded to students demonstrating financial need

143. $ per student awarded to students demonstrating financial need

144. Total $ in financial aid awarded to students demonstrating financial need disaggregated by method of financial aid

145. $ per student awarded to students demonstrating financial need disaggregated by method of financial aid

146. Total $ in financial aid awarded to students demonstrating financial need disaggregated by source of financial aid

147. $ per student awarded to students demonstrating financial need disaggregated by source of financial aid

148. Total $ charged for tuition less total $ in federal tuition tax credits and financial aid awarded to low-income students demonstrating financial need

149. $ charged for tuition less $ in federal tuition tax credits and financial aid per low-income student demonstrating financial need

150. Total $ in financial aid awarded to low-income students demonstrating financial need

151. $ per student awarded to low-income students demonstrating financial need

152. Total $ in financial aid awarded to low-income students demonstrating financial need disaggregated by method of financial aid

153. $ per student awarded to low-income students demonstrating financial need disaggregated by method of financial aid

154. Total $ in financial aid awarded to middle-income students demonstrating financial need disaggregated by source of financial aid

155. $ per student awarded to middle-income students demonstrating financial need disaggregated by source of financial aid

156. $ charged for tuition less $ in federal tuition tax credits and financial aid per middle-income student demonstrating financial need

157. Total $ in financial aid awarded to middle-income students demonstrating financial need

158. $ per student awarded to middle-income students demonstrating financial need

159. Total $ in financial aid awarded to middle-income students demonstrating financial need disaggregated by method of financial aid

160. $ per student awarded to middle-income students demonstrating financial need disaggregated by method of financial aid

161. Total $ in financial aid awarded to middle-income students demonstrating financial need disaggregated by source of financial aid

162. $ per student awarded to middle-income students demonstrating financial need disaggregated by source of financial aid

163. Median three-year distribution of debt load

164. Median three-year distribution of debt load disaggregated by race

165. Median three-year distribution of debt load disaggregated by ethnicity

166. Median three-year distribution of debt load disaggregated by sex

167. Median three-year distribution of debt load disaggregated by state of origin

168. Median three-year distribution of debt load disaggregated by county of origin

169. Median three-year distribution of debt load disaggregated by age

170. Median three-year distribution of debt load disaggregated by socioeconomic status

171. Impact of tuition increases on resident student enrollment patterns

172. Impact of tuition increases on resident student enrollment patterns disaggregated by race

173. Impact of tuition increases on resident student enrollment patterns disaggregated by ethnicity

174. Impact of tuition increases on resident student enrollment patterns disaggregated by sex

175. Impact of tuition increases on resident student enrollment patterns disaggregated by state of origin

176. Impact of tuition increases on resident student enrollment patterns disaggregated by county of origin

177. Impact of tuition increases on resident student enrollment patterns disaggregated by age

178. Impact of tuition increases on resident student enrollment patterns disaggregated by socioeconomic status

179. Impact of tuition increases on resident student participation rates

180. Impact of tuition increases on resident student participation rates disaggregated by race

181. Impact of tuition increases on resident student participation rates disaggregated by ethnicity

182. Impact of tuition increases on resident student participation rates disaggregated by sex

183. Impact of tuition increases on resident student participation rates disaggregated by state of origin

184. Impact of tuition increases on resident student participation rates disaggregated by county of origin

185. Impact of tuition increases on resident student participation rates disaggregated by age

186. Impact of tuition increases on resident student participation rates disaggregated by socioeconomic status

187. Impact of tuition increases on four-year graduation rates for resident undergraduates

188. Impact of tuition increases on four-year graduation rates for resident undergraduates disaggregated by race

189. Impact of tuition increases on four-year graduation rates for resident undergraduates disaggregated by ethnicity

190. Impact of tuition increases on four-year graduation rates for resident undergraduates disaggregated by sex

191. Impact of tuition increases on four-year graduation rates for resident undergraduates disaggregated by state of origin

192. Impact of tuition increases on four-year graduation rates for resident undergraduates disaggregated by county of origin

193. Impact of tuition increases on four-year graduation rates for resident undergraduates disaggregated by age

194. Impact of tuition increases on four-year graduation rates for resident undergraduates disaggregated by socioeconomic status

195. Impact of tuition increases on six-year graduation rates for resident undergraduates

196. Impact of tuition increases on six-year graduation rates for resident undergraduates disaggregated by race

197. Impact of tuition increases on six-year graduation rates for resident undergraduates disaggregated by ethnicity

198. Impact of tuition increases on six-year graduation rates for resident undergraduates disaggregated by sex

199. Impact of tuition increases on six-year graduation rates for resident undergraduates disaggregated by state of origin

200. Impact of tuition increases on six-year graduation rates for resident undergraduates disaggregated by county of origin

201. Impact of tuition increases on six-year graduation rates for resident undergraduates disaggregated by age

202. Impact of tuition increases on six-year graduation rates for resident undergraduates disaggregated by socioeconomic status

203. Impact of tuition increases on resident student debt loads

204. Impact of tuition increases on resident student debt loads disaggregated by race

205. Impact of tuition increases on resident student debt loads disaggregated by ethnicity

206. Impact of tuition increases on resident student debt loads disaggregated by sex

207. Impact of tuition increases on resident student debt loads disaggregated by state of origin

208. Impact of tuition increases on resident student debt loads disaggregated by county of origin

209. Impact of tuition increases on resident student debt loads disaggregated by age

210. Impact of tuition increases on resident student debt loads disaggregated by socioeconomic status

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About Linda Schactler

Linda is the former Director of Communications for the Washington State Senate, and former deputy director of the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board. From 2000 through 2010 Linda was the proprietor of Schactler Communications, an Olympia-based public affairs business. She holds a master of arts in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Linda can be reached at her Ellensburg office schactler@cwu.edu, 509-963-1384, or on her cell phone, 509-607-4103.
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