Plight of public higher education discussed on KING-TV

“Up Front,”  a weekly news program on KING-TV, explores the rising cost of public higher education in Washington. A college degree has never been more important, but the state has less money to spend. So who pays the price?


Governor proposes creation of Department of Education

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Today, Governor Gregoire unveiled a proposal to create a Department of Education.  This is one in a series of proposed government restructuring and reform proposals.  The newly-created Department of Education would be led by a Secretary of Education appointed by the Governor.  The Secretary would oversee, coordinate and streamline the four major education sectors: Early Learning, K-12, Community and… Read More


Higher ed task force makes recommendations

A  task force appointed by the governor has recommended that the state’s four-year colleges and universities be allowed to raise tuition  to cover costs  if necessary to produce more college graduates to meet demand.  The task force also recommended creating a scholarship fund with a $1 billion fund-raising goal in the next decade to support low- and middle-income… Read More


Governor unveils budget that would cut $4 billion

On Wednesday morning, Gov. Gregoire unveiled a budget that would eliminate many services for the poor and also would make dramatic cuts in education funding. Tuition would increase by 22 percent over two years at the UW, WSU and Western Washington University. But even with the cuts, colleges and universities would experience $220 million in cuts…. Read More


The UW in Your Community

What’s the UW done for you lately? The University of Washington is first and foremost a place that educates the citizens of Washington State.  But as a public university, we’re so much more than an institution on Montlake.  UW students, faculty, staff and alumni are making an impact everyday in communities throughout the state.  They are your teachers,… Read More


Legislators cut about $700 million from state budget

Actions taken by the state legislature, meeting Saturday,  are expected to trim about $700 million from the state budget deficit for the current fiscal year ending in June 2011. The cuts include $51 million from higher education, including $11.4 million from the UW. The UW cut formalizes action taken by Gov. Gregoire in September when… Read More