Office of External Affairs

May 3, 2019

New from Olympia: Legislature adjourned after approving budgets

External Affairs

Late Sunday evening, the state legislature passed the 2019-21 operating and capital budgets, marking the end of the 105-day legislative session. The budgets provide funding for student financial aid and critical foundational budgetary needs for the UW. Both the operating and capital budgets also include key funding to support UW Medicine and the state’s behavioral health…


April 30, 2019

NIH slated for $2-billion increase in House appropriations bill

External Affairs

The FY2020 Labor-HHS-Education bill is scheduled to be marked up by the Appropriations subcommittee this afternoon. The bill would fund the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at $41.1 billion, an increase of $2 billion above the final FY2019 level and $6.9 billion above the Trump Administration’s request. The bill also funds student financial aid and…


April 10, 2019

From the VP – The 411 on Seattle City Council D4 excitement

Randy Hodgins

While the University of Washington has a “world of impact” and is the University “for Washington,” the majority of our students, staff and faculty call Northeast Seattle home. UW’s Seattle campus, the U District offices for Co-Motion and UW’s pediatric dental clinic at Sand Point are just the most visible signs of UW life in…


March 11, 2019

President Trump’s FY2020 budget

External Affairs

The Trump administration released its FY 2020 budget request today. President Trump’s budget is the first step in the annual Congressional appropriations cycle, with actual spending levels controlled by Congress. The proposal outlines increased military spending and domestic spending cuts. It also includes changes to student loan repayment plans and other initiatives of interest to the…


February 25, 2019

From the VP – The Future of Undergraduate Education

Randy Hodgins

It is pretty rare during the hectic days of a legislative session to can take a short break from committee hearings and member meetings to immerse yourself in some of the latest thinking about the challenges facing higher education in the United States in 2019.  But last Wednesday in Olympia, about 50 representatives from public…


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