April 7, 2009

Column: Keep the “higher” in higher education

For nearly 30 years before returning to my home state, I took great pride in watching Washington emerge as a leader in technology, global trade and innovation. I often bragged about the way our state had jumped on the opportunities of the knowledge economy and about how progressive it was in providing its people with… Read More


March 31, 2009

What the state budget proposals could mean for the UW

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Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff: As you have likely heard, the Washington State Senate and House of Representatives earlier this week released their operating budget proposals for the 2009-2011 biennium. While we expected significant new cuts, the Legislative budget reductions are dramatic and disturbing. All of higher education will be severely impacted should these proposals… Read More


March 30, 2009

Statement on Senate budget

The budget presented today by the state Senate is deeply disturbing. Cuts of this magnitude would seriously damage the UW’s ability to serve the state. The Senate’s budget would reduce the number of students admitted to the university at a time when we have the largest demand in history. The budget cuts would also force… Read More


March 25, 2009

President’s Tacoma Town Hall meeting, April 3: State of the UW budget

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students: All members of the University of Washington Tacoma community are invited to join me on Friday, April 3, for a town hall meeting on the University’s current budget situation. This meeting is an opportunity to discuss where we are in the state budget process, the implications of pending budget cuts,… Read More


March 16, 2009

Answers to questions from the Blog

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Below are excerpts taken from the March 3rd President’s Town Hall discussion held on the UW campus. Click on the “read more” link on this post for more video responses. 1. How are the University’s budget decisions made? [flashvideo filename="http://www.digitalwell.washington.edu/dwproddpt/1/35/d6/d61028e1-8922-48b7-832e-ac4e242cd787.flv" width="320" height="240" autostart=false /]


March 4, 2009

President’s Town Hall – Webcast archive

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UW President Mark Emmert discusses the status of the University’s budget, the implications of pending budget cuts, and University priorities and strategies for the next biennium. Watch an archived Webcast of the event.


February 24, 2009

President’s Town Hall – State of the UW budget

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Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students: All members of the University of Washington community are invited to join me on Tuesday, March 3, for a town hall meeting on the University’s current budget situation. This meeting is an opportunity to discuss where we are in the state budget process, the implications of pending budget cuts, and… Read More


February 14, 2009

State budget update

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Recent media coverage of the state’s fiscal crisis has highlighted the potential loss of jobs at the University in the 2009-11 biennium and the impact this might have on students. It is only natural, of course, that such news would cause alarm. I am writing to provide information about the context for this news and to provide information about where we are in the budget process.


January 14, 2009

The UW and the economic downturn

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Dear UW Alumni and Friends: Of all those in our state, UW alumni and friends need least to be reminded of the value of education and a degree from the University of Washington. Therefore, it’s been no surprise that many of you have contacted me in recent weeks with concerns about the weakening economy and… Read More


December 18, 2008

State budget challenges

Dear Members of the University Community: Earlier today, Governor Gregoire submitted to the Legislature her 2009-2011 biennial budget proposal. As expected, it contains significant reductions for higher education as well as other state agencies, some of which will also negatively impact our medical centers. Obviously, the Governor faced an enormous challenge in putting together a… Read More