Office of the President

Budget update from the president

Dear Members of the UW Community: This message is longer than usual and is filled with information about our ongoing budget discussions with legislators; with faculty, students and staff; and with external stakeholders. We clearly face enormous challenges. The most immediate impact will be felt by the time we decide on the UW FY12 budget,

Statement from UW Interim President Phyllis Wise on House budget

It is discouraging to see half of the state’s appropriation for the UW disappear in the space of two biennia. On the one hand, we are grateful that the House budget writers recognize the links among tuition, state funds, and financial aid. When the state does not have the funds to support higher education, raising

Responding to the disasters in Japan

Dear Members of the UW Community: The widespread devastation wrought by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan has deeply touched and saddened our UW community. Our hearts go out to the people of Japan as they grapple with the aftermath of these tragic events. Fortunately, all UW students and faculty who were in Japan

Town Hall video archive

UWTV broadcast Tuesday’s Town Hall with President Phyllis Wise and an archive is available here >

Town Hall meeting about the UW budget, March 8

Dear Members of the UW Community: There has been a good deal of media coverage recently about the possible impacts of significant state budget cuts at the UW. These stories are in response to a request we received from some of our state legislative leaders who wanted to know what state budget reductions would look

Olympian newspaper calls for giving higher ed tuition authority to offset budget cuts

The Olympian newspaper, in an editorial, calls for giving the state’s universities the flexibility to make up budget shortfalls with higher tuition. The editorial points out that current proposals, if enacted, could mean that state funding of the UW has been cut by half in just three years.

UW describes potential effects of large budget cuts

In response to a request from legislative leaders, Interim President Phyllis Wise outlined the effect of budget cuts that were at the level of the governor’s proposed cuts (about $189 million) plus 15 or 30 percent. Those effects could include: Up to 500 fewer Washington residents in the freshman class Loss of up to 1,800

What is a college education worth?

The UW Office of External Affairs this morning released a document that looks at what a college education is worth for the citizens, community, employers, state and students. It says, for example, that college graduates can expected to earn twice as much as non-grads and that by 2018, 63% of available jobs in the U.S.

Meeting the challenges of 2011

Dear Members of the UW Community: As the fall quarter draws to a close and a new year approaches, I want to thank all of you for your continuing commitment to the excellence of our University. We all know about the serious impacts the economic downturn has had on our state and our UW community,

Trick-or-treaters visit UW Tower

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