State Relations

Higher Education


March 30, 2016

That’s a wrap! 2016 session adjourned

On day 20 of the special session, just before 11:00 p.m., the legislature adjourned sine die, after passing compromise operating and capital budgets earlier in the day. Over the past two-plus weeks, budget negotiators worked through a number of outstanding revenue and spending issues, entertaining and then abandoning a number of different tools to generate small…


March 2, 2016

Budgets are out! Here’s how they stack up on UW priorities

The most recent state revenue forecast in mid-February dealt a blow to the state and made negotiating a supplemental budget more challenging. The forecast reduced the current biennium’s revenues by $67 million and the next biennium’s by another $442 million. Read more details on the February 17 state revenue forecast here. Both the House and the…


March 1, 2016

2016 Session: It’s been a whirlwind!

The past seven weeks have flown by, filled with testimony, legislative agendas, and plenty of policy discussion. Here are a few of the things that have been going on while we’ve been here at the capitol. President Cauce visits Olympia President Ana Mari Cauce made three trips to Olympia to thank legislators for historic investments…


January 12, 2016

UW releases 2016 state legislative agenda

Today, the University released its legislative priorities for the 2016 session that began yesterday in Olympia. The governor delivered his State of the State address this afternoon, with Board Chair Bill Ayer representing the UW Board of Regents as one of the governor’s guests. Here is a quick overview of what’s on the agenda: Make…


December 10, 2015

Ramping up toward 2016 session; Governor’s budget release is imminent

It’s that time of year again! No, not holiday shopping and what some affectionately call “butter season,” but the crescendo toward the opening of the 2016 Washington legislative session! As a “short” 60-day session, expectations are generally modest, as they usually provide a limited opportunity for both policy-making and funding. Why? Two primary reasons: 1-…


November 2, 2015

UWTV profiles UW Dream Project

The UW Dream Project connects UW student volunteers with high school students to help them navigate through the complex college admissions process.


October 27, 2015

External Affairs hosts state, federal staff for Husky for a Day

Last week, the Office of External Affairs hosted Husky for a Day @ UW. The day took our guests from pre-application through graduation, providing an inside look into the Husky student experience for participants. Guests included state and federal legislative staff and higher education partners. Participants started the day with a presentation from Associate Vice…


December 23, 2014

Universities react to Governor Inslee’s 2015-17 budget proposal

On December 18, Governor Inslee released his plans to fund education in the 2015-17 biennium. You can find information about the Governor’s full budget proposal online here. This is what Washington’s public universities had to say about Governor Inslee’s plans for funding higher education: This week’s budget proposal from Governor Inslee makes important investments in…


April 11, 2014

UW ranks among top for return on college investment

via President Young’s blog (a great source of news & info, bookmark it!): 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…


March 31, 2014

UW launches online bachelor’s degree completion program in social sciences

Via UW Today: Beginning in the fall 2014 people interested in social sciences, who have already earned roughly two years of college credit or an associate degree, will be able to finish their bachelor’s degree online through a new completion program offered by the University of Washington. … The program is intended to provide a…



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