Office of the President

March 5, 2010

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,”

February 9, 2010

Tuition-setting bill heard by committee

University of Washington

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

February 5, 2010

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

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

January 22, 2010

Video: State Legislature takes up tuition

University of Washington

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

January 19, 2010

Office Hours: Winter 2010

University of Washington

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

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

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.

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

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

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