March 15, 2010

Huskies are Pac-10 champs!

Congratulations to Coach Romar and the UW men’s basketball team for winning the Pac-10 tournament with a thrilling 79-75 victory over Cal on Saturday! Please join me in wishing the Huskies continued success when they take on Marquette in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday in San Jose. You can keep up… Read More


March 5, 2010

President Emmert’s budget letter to lawmakers

In a letter to Gov. Chris Gregoire and members of the state Legislature, UW President Mark Emmert offered his thoughts on the 2010 supplemental operating and capital budget proposals. He also thanked the governor and lawmakers for making student financial aid a priority in both budgets. “Regarding the two chambers’ approaches to our budget reductions,”… Read More


February 9, 2010

Tuition-setting bill heard by committee

The Senate Ways and Means Committee on Monday took testimony on Substitute Senate Bill 6562, which would give tuition-setting authority to the UW, WSU and Western Washington. The UW is trying to strike the right balance between access and affordability and quality for our students and for the state. Here are audio excerpts from the… Read More


February 5, 2010

Raising awareness of Husky Promise

UW leaders and students are traveling the state this month to raise awareness of Husky Promise, and hundreds of enthusiastic high school students have met with us so far to find out what it’s all about. I have personally visited with students in Tacoma, Toppenish and Seattle. It’s gratifying to meet so many bright young… Read More


January 26, 2010

Legislative update from Olympia

Dear Members of the University Community: With the 2010 legislative session now underway, I want to take this opportunity to follow up on my November e-mail message in which I communicated the University’s strategies in the wake of the latest state revenue shortfall. As we move forward, we are focusing our message in Olympia on… Read More


January 22, 2010

Video: State Legislature takes up tuition

President Emmert testified before the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee on Jan. 20 in favor of granting tuition-setting authority to the state’s public universities. The funding model is broken: Is there a floor to state support, which is now less than tuition revenue in the university’s budget? Do institutions have a problem with… Read More


January 19, 2010

Office Hours: Winter 2010

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As a new decade, a new academic quarter, and a new session of the State Legislature begin, more difficult decisions await higher education in Washington state. In the latest edition of Office Hours, UW President Mark Emmert offers his perspective on the 2010 legislative session and what’s at stake for the UW. Watch the video… Read More


January 14, 2010

Providing aid and assistance to Haiti

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Dear Members of the University Community: The disaster that has hit the island nation of Haiti is nothing short of horrific. Our hearts go out to the people of Haiti and to the many citizens of other countries who have been working there to help improve the lives of Haitians. Our own Department of Global… Read More


December 10, 2009

Possible impacts of the governor’s budget proposal

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Dear Members of the University Community: Yesterday, Governor Gregoire released a 2010 supplemental budget proposal that addresses an additional $2.6 billion projected shortfall for the 2009-11 biennial state budget (see my Nov. 19 message to the University community). By law, the governor is required to submit a balanced budget based on current state tax revenue…. Read More


December 9, 2009

Statement regarding the governor’s supplemental budget proposal

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Like all who rely on state funding to serve the needs of our citizens, we are deeply concerned about the impacts of the governor’s supplemental budget proposal on our state and, most importantly, our students. Just when you think things can’t get worse, they do. Losing half of our state’s nationally-recognized need-grant program will shut… Read More