April 9, 2014

UW ranks among top for return on college investment

The University of Washington ranks fifth among all public and private universities in the country in a survey that estimates the financial return on degrees. “While financial return on investment isn’t the only value in a college degree, being fifth in the nation among all public and private universities certainly validates the power of a… Read More


April 7, 2014

Looking forward to this week’s trip to Asia

Call it an itinerary of opportunity. This week, I’ll travel to Taiwan to attend the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Asia Conference in Taipei to give the AUTM Conference keynote address on innovation and entrepreneurism in higher education based on the UW’s great success in commercialization. In 2013, the UW had a banner year,… Read More


April 1, 2014

Finding fulfillment in fundraising

For university presidents, a significant measure of our success is the amount of money raised for the university. Thus, I am very fortunate for the many enthusiastic and generous supporters of the UW, whose passion for and commitment to their beloved institution often translates into a pledge of financial support. For some in academia, the… Read More


March 28, 2014

The tragedy in Oso hits home for Huskies

Every day the news from the mudslide zone in Oso gets worse as rescue workers dig through the muck and debris to find those still missing in the tragedy. The loss this community is facing is unfathomable. And with more than 300 UW faculty, staff, students and alumni in the area, the loss to the… Read More


March 26, 2014

Record Washington in-state admissions

Though most high-school seniors these days are glued to their smartphones, this is the time of year when they pay a lot more attention to the mailbox, waiting anxiously for letters of acceptance from colleges. The UW’s letters began arriving Saturday, March 15, and it’s been heartwarming to see the enthusiastic response from future Huskies,… Read More


March 21, 2014

Thoughts on the Legislative session

Going into the legislative session, one of our primary goals was to protect the state funding increase the Legislature provided last session for the 2013–15 biennium. Our funding was largely protected, with some small but important additional investments in key areas, a $1 million permanent allocation to fund core laboratory expenses in our Institute for… Read More


March 17, 2014

Cherry trees on the Quad in bloom

The University of Washington Seattle campus has many spectacular views and settings, and my favorite of all is the Quad in early spring when the cherry trees are in bloom. Luckily for all Huskies, that happens to be right now! The first time I saw cherry blossoms, I was living in Japan, and I immediately… Read More


March 14, 2014

Tremendous pride in our student-athletes

Student-athletes are a tremendous source of pride for our institution. I think being a student and an athlete is truly incredible—I am impressed by their abilities to manage the intensive practice and game schedules in addition to their academic responsibilities and deadlines. The UW student-athletes have a strong record of success in graduation—especially in men’s… Read More


March 13, 2014

Impressive efficiency gains at the UW

It was a beautiful day on the UW Tacoma campus. At the UW Board of Regents meeting there today, I was excited to share some fantastic metrics about the University’s efficiency. Efficiency is one of the topics foremost on my mind every day in terms of providing quality education for the lowest cost to as… Read More


March 12, 2014

Helping UW students prepare for life after graduation

Amid the national debate on the value of a college education, the UW is working hard to improve the Husky Student Experience in ways that help our students prepare to succeed after graduation, in careers and in life, even as the world is changing rapidly around us. Our first report in a series about the… Read More