Office of the President

Congrats to our men’s basketball team!

Congratulations to Coach Lorenzo Romar and the UW men’s basketball team for an exciting run in the NCAA tournament. While the loss to West Virginia in the round of 16 was bittersweet, our coaches and players should be very proud of their nine-game winning streak, Pac-10 Tournament championship and two NCAA tournament victories. I know

Watching for signs of progress in Olympia

The Legislature begins its special session today, needing to finish its work on the 2010 supplemental budget, including spending cuts and taxes. As we have seen during the 60-day regular session, legislators have been wrestling with the unenviable task of plugging a large hole in the state budget. Finding the right balance between more budget

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

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,”

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

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

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

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

Office Hours: Winter 2010

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

Providing aid and assistance to Haiti

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

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