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Agency, Board & Database Acronyms & Links

COP - Council of Presidents A voluntary association of Washington's six public baccalaureate institutions of higher education to coordinate various groups and activities undertaken in the interest of higher education.  COP cooperates with a number of state agencies and the legislature to provide information and assistance in policy development.

CSRDE -Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange   A consortium of two-year and four-year institutions that collaboratively share data. CSRDE is best known for its annual retention studies.

ERDC- Education Research and Data Center   ERDC conducts analyses of early learning, K-12, and higher education programs and education issues across the Washington State P-20 system in collaboration with statutory partner agencies, representing education and employment, and the Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program (LEAP) committee. The ERDC was established by RCW 43.41.400 and is is part of the Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM).

HECB - Higher Education Coordinating Board Archives The HECB is no longer active as of July 2012. See WSAC below.

HEER - Higher Education Enrollment Reports Quarterly reporting to the Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM) on student enrollments at public universities. HEER reports are now produced through the Public Centralized Higher Education Enrollment System (see PCHEES).

IPEDS -Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System Annual Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Education.  The primary purpose is to collect basic data to describe the financial condition of post-secondary education in the nations; to monitor changes in post-secondary education finance; and to promote research involving institutional financial resources and expenditures.  Participation in the survey is mandatory for all institutions which participate in any Federal financial assistance program.

OFM -  Office of Financial Managementt The Office of Financial Management provides vital information, fiscal services and policy support that the Governor, the Legislature and state agencies need to serve the people of Washington State.

OSPI - Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction  Primary agency overseeing K-12 education in Washington State.

PCHEES- Public Centralized Higher Education Enrollment System  Washington State database of higher education statistics maintained by the Office of Financial Management (OFM).

SBCTC - State Board for Community and Technical Colleges SBCTC provides leadership and coordination for Washington's public system of 34 community and technical colleges.

WASC- Washington Student Achievement Council WSAC replaced the former Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) on July 1, 2012 as as a cabinet-level state agency with the passage of House Bill 2483. WSAC provides strategic planning, oversight, and advocacy to support increased student success and higher overall levels of educational attainment in Washington State.

WICHE - Western Interstate Commission of Higher Education  A regional organization of the higher education institutions in 15 western states that collaborate to establish exchange programs, regional initiatives, research and policy.

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