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Franciscan ​[Music] hi I'm Mike Miyagi and I'm thrilled to be the new executive director of the Washington student achievement Council Rachelle and I are here today to give you a brief overview of the role of the executive office at Wasik our top purpose in the agency is to provide leadership for the entire agency which really means helping to keep the the agency and everyone connected to us focused on our mission of advancing educational success for Washington residents but a really important part of that for leaders in any organization is to maintain a healthy and positive workplace for everyone who's involved and everyone who works in Wasik because we can't achieve our mission in us we all feel fulfilled and feel like we're moving together on important things and what brought us into public service in the first place beyond that organizational focused leadership the executive office is very much committed to building external partnerships for Wasik to advance our work and one of the things we will be trying to do over the next couple of years is to reach beyond our traditional partners such as the elected officials of the state state agencies and colleges universities to connect with any and all organizations around the state who help disadvantaged students achieve their goals and many of them may not consider themselves to be education organizations but they're working with young people and adults and people from all backgrounds all lives in Washington to achieve the goals which may include advancement through post-secondary education so we want to partner with them and bring them into our work and support them in their work this new vision of broader partnerships also requires a new approach to leadership so Rachelle and I are pioneering a new model of shared leadership for Wasik and that may be very different than what people are used to or state agencies here or other parts of the country or you - that will enable us to leave the agency together and give both of us the time to commit more to both internal work but also to spend a great deal more time building and strengthening partnerships particularly the non-traditional partnerships I talked about a minute ago Rochelle is going to share with us a little bit more detail about the specific functions and operations here in the executive office thanks Mike the executive office really gets to promote the great work of the agency and we're such a complex organization we serve almost everyone in Washington as our constituent from infants through the get program to the alphabet soup of k-12 with school superintendents a WSP Wassa Wassa be SDS counselors through our college access and support work and our policy work all of the higher education institutions through financial aid degree authorization veterans benefits and our policy work nonprofit organizations community partners and of course policy makers and the governor and the legislature what's absolutely critical to supporting this work is raising the profile of our work through communications and the legislative affairs areas led by Aaron Wyatt and Mattie Thompson along with Mark Webster and fiscal policy the executive office includes the senior leadership of Mike and myself and also Don Bennett with the shared services that are really the foundation of our work with IT and budget and accounting and human resources the executive office is supported by our front office really the face of the agency with Kristin Krystle and April providing excellent customer service and we're on the first and second floor of 9:17 we have about twelve people in the executive office and another 23 in Dawn's area that doesn't include about 17 inhabitants of the rodent variety I'm Don Bennett I'm the deputy director a lot of times outside the agency I describe myself as the chief operating officer work out of the executive director's office and kind of responsible for all those things we refer to as sort of the share administrative services that help support all the programs and activities of the entire agency we really help program directors with for resource management whether those resources are the people money the machines that we use to do our jobs every day I think we assist with compliance rules for both internal and external customers and programs managing legal and financial risk being a part of my job and helping program directors and administrators understand how those dimensions are going to affect how we do business I like to think of all of our services kind of the glue that holds the whole agency together because we don't pay the people and we order to get money paid out in the right directions that things come apart it hurt and so I should be able to do that we serve stakeholders that are external to the agency and internal I think by helping them gain division directors and program administrators to manage their resources and that ultimately support for programs and the end result of you know making payments to students that are receiving

financial aid that then hopefully help them reach their education goals and help raise the state's educational attainment the big goal of the agency we equip the division directors with the tools and resources and the expertise that they need to kind of build their capacity to implement their programs and to make sure we're doing so consistently across the agency and again the line moves away the state wants agencies to be doing business and the way that publicly taxpayers expect us to do that the functional areas that are included usually we think about years or my purview information technology or 19 where the amazing tree we have does the application development helping the program in fund management certainly all the financial transactions are handled in our business and financial services accounting budget but facilities and procurement and contracts as well and certainly human resources you know recruiting and talented people that work here at students human council making sure that payroll and benefits are accurate appropriate and then helping with training and development as well some of the external partners that we deal with are really the other agencies that we interact with almost on a daily basis when you think about it Attorney General's Office in the legal realm Office of Financial Management and Budget accounting and other aspects interacts the state auditor for thematic real law tech and part of enterprise services for a variety of other services that we procure from other agencies as well so essential service providers for the entire state if you will and then we have our interaction with vendors and contractors was probably the call success foundation Washington's down some that you're familiar with in many programs and we support staff individually to reach their own educational goals with a pretty vigorous tuition reimbursement program we've been able to earn their own degrees and dance degrees while employee here and then the other professional development training opportunities that we provide an ongoing basis about 23 employees total when you add up all the folks they mostly work on the second floor of 9.7 me and crystal down the recorder on the first floor my name is Wei Ellen I'm director for college access and support and our division exists mainly to address equity issues in a education pipeline by empowering students and those who serve them with information resources to ensure all students have opportunity to post-secondary education we also provide direct student support services from seventh grade through first year post-secondary education we work with our stakeholders by providing resources training and outreach around college admissions financial aid applications for those working with underserved students and students and families themselves funding direct service to students and Families within partnerships and and some of the examples for instance well for high school counselors regional workshops and provide materials around a multi multiple languages and offer students and families around programs like college bound scholarships and our function mainly include Washington State gear-up college bound scholarship that middle school sign up and high school support and twelfth year campaign FAFSA completion initiatives and our main partners includes office of superintendents for Public instruction's College Success foundation through Washington college access network in Washington State Employees Credit Union and we have thirteen staffs and our division is divided and half our nine seventeen third floor and half in nine nineteen second floor hi I'm really happy to talk about the student financial assistance division here at the student achievement Council we're here really to increase affordability and reduce barriers to assist financially needy students and achieve to achieve their postsecondary educational goals we administer policy and provide operational support for the state student financial aid program and we incentivize targeted work service through loan repayment programs and conditional scholarships to address workforce short Edge's so how do we serve we do that through the administration of financial aid programs institutional grants and customer facing products when it comes to the programs there's 15 student financial aid programs that we administer to institutional grant programs and an estimated of 332 million disbursed annually and financial aid in addition to the programs we also have our outreach products those include Ready Set grab the washboard the loss pack portal which is used by financial aid administrators and the Washington application for state financial aid also referred to as the wasa we have ongoing training for our colleges financial aid administrators at professional conferences one-on-one and in health events and we do other data collection and review information policy and program effectiveness so functional areas that we include our need-based financial aid programs so those are things like the state need grant college bound scholarship the passport to college scholarship and the state workstudy program there's targeted workforce and conditional scholarship programs such as the teacher shortage and student residency programs and we also have a merit-based program the American Indian adown scholarship our institutional grant programs include the Washington supplemental college assistance migrant program and we also important to know that we have a receivables portfolio so folks that Ă´s money in the amount of ten million dollars currently the only way we can really do our work is through partnerships there's their key to our work and I would say that one of the the main groups that we partner with are the Washington colleges and universities 66 colleges and universities throughout the state of Washington participate in state financial aid programs but we also partner with a lot of other organizations too many dallisa some highlights include the washington financial aid Association the

Washington Association of student employment administrators the College Success foundation the State Board for Community and Technical College's and the US Department of Education our staff includes 21 folks 19 full-time as well as really being fortunate to have two student employees in our division and we hope that you come visit us we are located in the nine one nine building on the second floor hi I'm Lexi shankster and the director of research here at the Washington student achievement Council why is our division here our division exists to provide data and analysis to internal and external stakeholders we provide program evaluation and original research on educational attainment best practices and student outcomes we manage data requests to external data holders such as er DC the education research and data center and OSBI the office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction how do we serve stakeholders we serve by providing data on financial aid programs that we run here in the state and we provide research on education programs and students what functional areas do we include we serve the agency so just about everything we serve SFA academic affairs and policy and college access and support our top three to five external education partners and organizations that we work closely with our OSBI again office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction er DC's education research and data centers sb CTC the state Florida Community and Technical College's icw the independent colleges of Washington and Co P the Council of presidents which are six four years the number of staff and our divisions are four myself Isaac kwok-che Cara Larson and Mark Lundgren who works an exotic Ellensburg off-site where is our division located it's been nine seventeen on the first floor near the kitchen so grab a snack and come say hello hi I'm Randy Spalding director of academic affairs and policy today I'm going to talk to you a little bit about our division the academic affairs and policy division helps further counsel mission by fostering increased educational attainment providing for continuous improvement and innovation and highlighting the importance of higher education we collaborate with key stakeholders to develop sound state policy to better serve students to accomplish this we work with institutions to ensure they meet standards and deliver what they promise to students and we provide analysis and develop policies to support innovation and improvement in the delivery of post-secondary education the Academic Affairs Division has three main functional areas the first is degree authorization and consumer protection we authorize degree granting institutions to legally operate in Washington and protect consumers by ensuring those institutions meet quality and financial stability standards the second is our state approving agency where we approve academic programs for eligibility for GI Bill benefits and ensure compliance with federal rules and regulations the third is policy development monitoring providing students with effective transitions and support from k12 into and through higher education and the workforce for example we work on strategic planning transferring articulation dual credit residency k20 transitions state and regional needs assessment and diversity and equity issues as mentioned the division works with a wide range of stakeholders we work most closely with the Council of presidents which represents the four-year public universities the State Board for Community and Technical College's which is the two-year public institutions the workforce training and Education Coordinating Board and independent colleges of Washington which represents ten of the private liberal arts colleges in the state and the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction we have 12 amazing staff in the division come by the first floor of 9:17 for visit and check out our project board to learn more about what we do and if you're feeling a little short on cash we have a box of pennies for our M&M machine thanks hi I'm Betty Lochner director of gap program get helps Washington families achieve their educational goals by helping them plan ahead for their future college costs by reducing reliance on student loan debt and promoting financial wellness we help make the dream of college education a reality we serve by providing resources to education and business leaders throughout Washington State and emphasize how college savings is an integral piece of a family's budget and college preparation get is a single but mighty program with customer-first focus delivering an exceptional customer experiences everyone's Java get from the contact center to our records finance marketing outreach and our administrative team we work closely with the Office of State actuary the Washington State Investment Board institutions of higher ed and dozens of organizations across the state that provide resources to parents we currently have 24 top-notch team members over here in the 9:19 building and six IT wizards next door in the 917 building you can find most of us on the ground floor of 1919 stop by and say hi we're fun friendly we always have good snacks in our break room State University of New York Downstate Medical Center.