Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles
As part of the nine-member Joint Higher Education Committee, Sen.Kohl-Welles will provide focus to increase educational attainment in Washington, including transitions from secondary to postsecondary and between and among postsecondary institutions.

Sen. Kohl-Welles appointed to Joint Higher Education Committee

Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, has been appointed to the Joint Higher Education Committee.

Appointed by Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, Kohl-Welles will join eight other lawmakers aiming to provide focus to increase educational attainment in Washington, including transitions from secondary to postsecondary and between and among postsecondary institutions.

The Joint Committee was created this session as part of House Bill 2483, which establishes the Student Achievement Council to replace the Higher Education Coordinating Board on July 1, 2012.

The purpose of the Joint Committee, which includes Democrats and Republicans from the Senate and House of Representatives, is to review the work of the Council and provide legislative feedback by December 1, 2012; engage with the Council and higher education community to create greater communication, coordination, and alignment between the system and expectations of the Legislature; and provide recommendations for higher education policy, including proposed legislation.

“I am very pleased to have been appointed to the Joint Higher Education Committee,” Kohl-Welles said in a statement. “Higher education quality, affordability and access have been a high priority in my legislative work.”

Kohl-Welles currently represents the state on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and chairs its Issue Analysis and Research Committee. She previously chaired the Washington State Senate Higher Education Committee.

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