State Relations

Higher Education


March 6, 2011

State’s newspapers comment on higher ed crisis

The editorial boards of the state’s largest newspapers have commented recently on the crisis in higher education. The Walla Walla Union Bulletin (editorial not available online) commented March 3, “Higher education in Washington state isn’t getting the respect it deserves nor the cash it needs from state lawmakers…. Lawmakers need to accept their responsibility as…


March 3, 2011

Family ties: UW Bothell

In the midst of a challenging legislative session, it’s always great to get reminders that the UW community is full of amazing people doing remarkable things. For a daily dose of Husky goodness, check out this video from UW Bothell. Have your own example?  Send it over to me at mshep@uw.edu.


March 1, 2011

Olympian newspaper calls for giving higher ed tuition authority to offset budget cuts

The Olympian newspaper, in an editorial, calls for giving the state’s universities the flexibility to make up budget shortfalls with higher tuition. The editorial points out that current proposals, if enacted, could mean that state funding of the UW has been cut by half in just three years.


February 25, 2011

UW describes potential effects of large budget cuts

In response to a request from legislative leaders, Interim President Phyllis Wise outlined the effect of budget cuts that were at the level of the governor’s proposed cuts (about $189 million) plus 15 or 30 percent. Those effects could include: Up to 500 fewer Washington residents in the freshman class Loss of up to 1,800…


February 15, 2011

Tuition-setting bill passes out of House Higher Education Committee

A bill sponsored by Rep. Reuven Carlyle, which would give four-year colleges and universities full tuition setting authority for four years and set up a new middle class financial aid program, has passed by a vote of 10-5 from the House Higher Education Committee.


February 10, 2011

Represent

Tomorrow is UW Student Lobby Day 2011.  Check it out. Bark Against Budget Cuts Go Dawgs.


February 2, 2011

Bill would give universities unlimited tuition authority for four years

The state’s colleges and universities would have four years of unlimited tuition-setting authority to establish a new baseline for tuition under a bill introduced Tuesday.


State’s prepaid college tuition program may face overhaul

With tuition rising rapidly at the state’s public colleges and universities, some legislators believe the popular Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program may need to be restructured.


January 27, 2011

New coalition to advocate for higher education in Olympia

The formation of the College Promise Coalition was announced yesterday.  It brings together students, parents, faculty, alumni, labor and business leaders, and education advocates in order to urge the legislature to make higher education a top priority.


January 25, 2011

Briefing on week three of legislative session

Margaret Shepherd, director of state relations, conducted a briefing via Skype at the beginning of the third week of the legislative session.



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