Office of the President

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

Latest state revenue forecast

Dear Members of the University of Washington Community: The news today from Olympia about the further decline in state revenues is another sign that the economic recovery will be difficult and slow. While today’s revenue forecast will not mean further cuts at this time — a scenario hard to imagine, given what we are going

Your ideas for saving money and finding efficiencies

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students: Over the last several months, people from across our campuses have submitted many valuable cost-saving suggestions to help our University weather the economic downturn. I am deeply appreciative of all those who have taken the time to share their thoughts and ideas. I write now to update you on the

The 2009-11 state budget for the UW

Dear students, faculty and staff: Over the weekend, the Legislature completed the unenviable task of writing and passing a biennial budget during the worst economic period in decades. Any budget that must bridge a biennial shortfall of $9 billion is bound to please no one and to result in serious consequences for the state. For

The state budget and UW tuition

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff: By now most of you have heard about the potential need to increase tuition because of the severe cuts in our state support. I am writing to clarify why this may need to happen and to explain the potential impacts. Nobody, certainly not me, likes to raise tuition. We support

President’s Bothell Town Hall meeting, April 14: State of the UW budget

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students: All members of the University of Washington Bothell community are invited to join me on Tuesday, April 14, 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,

Office Hours: 2009 legislative session

UW President Mark Emmert talks about the 2009 Legislative session and challenges the state and higher education face in this time of economic turmoil. Watch the video »

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

What the state budget proposals could mean for the UW

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

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

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