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


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


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


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


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

November 19, 2009

Addressing the Latest State Revenue Shortfall

Dear Members of the University of Washington Community: The condition of the Washington economy and the revenue it generates in state taxes continue to concern everyone watching the state budget. All of us at the University are still dealing with the aftermath of the 2009 legislative session and the budget cuts resulting from a historically… Read More

October 14, 2009

2009 President’s Annual Address

University of Washington President Mark Emmert gave his annual address to the university community on Oct. 13, 2009. Watch the video »

October 8, 2009

Office Hours: Fall 2009


UW President Mark Emmert discusses financial planning for the future, exciting news about research over the summer and the dedication of a new memorial to honor UW’s eight Medal of Honor recipients. Watch the video »

September 17, 2009

Novel H1N1 Influenza Virus Preparations

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff: As we approach the start of the new academic year, we are beginning to experience a resurgence of the novel H1N1 influenza virus, much as was expected. As has been reported in the news, colleges and universities across the country have had outbreaks of the virus as classes began. While… Read More