State Relations

Higher Education

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


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.

January 20, 2011

Faced with cuts, universities may look to nonresident tuition

Faced with the third year in a row of big budget cuts, Washington’s higher education institutions could start admitting fewer state residents, according to testimony at the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee on Jan. 19. Read the entire post from the Tacoma News Tribune.

January 19, 2011

Seattle Times writes about higher ed and jobs

Got jobs?  Today, the Seattle Times ran a story about the effects of state budget cuts in higher education– and how these cuts are impacting jobs. The UW College of Engineering is profiled.  Check it our here.

What is a college education worth?

The UW Office of External Affairs this morning released a document that looks at what a college education is worth for the citizens, community,  employers, state and students. It says, for example, that college graduates can expected to earn twice as much as non-grads and that by 2018, 63% of available jobs in the U.S. are…

January 12, 2011

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?

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