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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…


January 23, 2019

From the VP – State budget discussions in Olympia

Randy Hodgins

The 2019 state legislative session began on Monday, January 14 and in the spirit of “wasting no time” to make our case for increased state funding, I had the pleasure of joining President Cauce in Olympia all day yesterday to meet with state legislators about our biennial operating and capital budget requests (read that here)….


October 19, 2018

From the VP – Tuition and State Funding Can’t Both Be Low, Can They?

Randy Hodgins

I was interested to see the story from KNKX radio in yesterday’s news clips that showed that the University of Washington has the lowest “net” price for families of any university in the state according to The Hechinger Report and Education Writers Association.  This study lets consumers see the sticker price and then the net…


August 28, 2018

From the VP – Do the liberal arts still matter? (HINT: they do!)

Randy Hodgins

I’ve been thinking a lot about college majors recently.  No, I’m not planning to go back to school for another degree (although the idea of being a Triple Dawg has some appeal).  No, I’m thinking about majors because my daughter is a sophomore this year at the UW and is in the process of trying…


July 9, 2018

From the VP – Celebrating the 2018 Special Olympics U.S.A. Games

Randy Hodgins

Today is the final day of competition for the 2018 U.S.A. Special Olympic games here in the greater Seattle area and at the University of Washington.  It’s hard to believe that the planning and coordination to host these games that began on campus more than two years ago has finally concluded with an incredibly successful…



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