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March 29, 2018

Spring Address: The Purpose and Power of College in an Age of Skepticism

Ana Mari Cauce

Today, I had the pleasure of addressing our community about a topic of great importance — to me and to all of us who believe in the power of higher education to advance equity, prosperity, health and understanding. I discussed the enormous value that colleges and universities deliver to students and the world at large. And…


March 7, 2018

Transfer students’ success is crucial part of improving access

Ana Mari Cauce

The University of Washington is working hard to streamline the process by which transfer students enroll at the UW and do more to meet the needs of these students once they arrive. Recently, I had the pleasure of sharing some of this work with a Presidential Roundtable for the American Talent Initiative. The ATI is…


March 16, 2017

Proposed budget would be huge step backward for innovation and economic security

Ana Mari Cauce

Today, as anticipated, the President released a proposed federal budget blueprint for Fiscal Year 2018. The proposal is short on details, but it contains sweeping cuts that would harm American innovation and prosperity, the education of our nation’s students, and the research and creativity that is the foundation of progress in every field from medicine…


March 7, 2017

Remembering Helen Sommers, UW alumna and advocate for higher education

Ana Mari Cauce

Helen Sommers was a true champion of public higher education and her advocacy for our state’s students and universities changed the lives of countless Washingtonians. She was an advocate for ensuring our universities remained accessible, including through the creation of the branch campuses, and a strong supporter of everything from advanced technology research to her beloved Burke Museum.


December 15, 2016

The Henry M. Jackson/William Van Ness Lectures on Leadership

Ana Mari Cauce

Recently, I had the honor of giving this year’s Henry M. Jackson/ William Van Ness Lecture on Leadership. The annual event honors Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson, who represented Washington state with the honor and distinction as a U.S. Congressman and Senator for more than four decades, and Bill Van Ness, the immediate past president of the Jackson Foundation who worked closely with Senator Jackson.


October 18, 2016

The 2016 University of Washington Annual President’s Address: For Washington and the World

Office of the President

When I get asked what my vision for the University of Washington is, I have a ready answer: I want this university to be the number one university in the world in terms of impact. I’m going to take this opportunity to talk about that impact – on our state, nation and our world. Above all, on our collective future.


August 2, 2016

On free expression, universities must light the way

Ana Mari Cauce

As we head into the home stretch of the election season there is heightened potential for visits to the UW by candidates or speakers invited by campus groups to speak on topics that may be quite controversial. That makes it a good time to remind ourselves of the fundamental importance of freedom of expression to our University and our nation.


June 20, 2016

The University’s Role in the Innovation Ecosystem (Times Higher Education Asia Summit keynote)

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Universities play a vital – and unique – role in the innovation ecosystem. Leading the University of Washington, I see every day the ways in which the environment and community of a university are not only conducive to creation and discovery, more often than not, they are the drivers of innovation. Universities both augment the innovation in companies and institutions around them and they compensate for the fact that some organizations are not as well-equipped to do so.


June 3, 2016

My life in administration: From accident to career (Denice Denton Emerging Leaders Workshop keynote)

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[Each year, the Denice Denton Emerging Leader ABIE Award recognizes a junior faculty member for achievements in research and for positive impact on diversity. The award honors Denice D. Denton, who served as Dean of the UW’s College of Engineering before being appointed as Chancellor of the University of California, Santa Cruz. In June, the…


May 3, 2016

Foster Pepper’s ‘Wine, Women & What’s Happening’ keynote address  

University of Washington

[Each year, Pacific Northwest law firm Foster Pepper hosts “Wine, Women and What’s Happening,” an event that brings together a diverse group of women leaders from around the community and across different industries. This year, President Cauce delivered the keynote address. Remarks as prepared for delivery.] Hello everyone. I want to start by thanking all…



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