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Higher Education

April 4, 2011

House operating budget release today

House Democrats are releasing their 2011-2013 biennial budget proposal today.  There will be a press conference at 12:15PM, and a Ways and Means Committee hearing on the proposal at 3:30PM. You can access the budget proposal online.  You can also watch the press conference and Ways and Means hearing live on TVW. The Office of…

March 21, 2011

Revenue forecast bodes ill for higher education

The recent decline in the state’s tax revenue projections leaves higher education especially vulnerable, according to the editorial page of the Tacoma News Tribune.  “… destroying college opportunity is like selling the children to pay the groceries.”

Alumni of Washington universities come together as advocates

Higher education is at a crossroads. The recession has led to dramatic cuts in higher education funding. To prevent further cuts, “the alumni of the University of Washington, Washington State University and Western Washington University have come together like never before and are raising their voices to call attention to the challenges facing higher education…

March 17, 2011

State’s March Revenue Forecast down $700 Million

Unfortunately, on this St. Patrick’s Day, the state’s revenue forecast has the state seeing more red than green. For more detail on what the numbers mean for the UW and the state, visit the OPB blog here.

March 11, 2011

Legislators schedule town hall meetings at home

State legislators have reached the halfway point of the 2011 session and will now head back to their districts to meet with constituents. You can find a list of locations, dates and times listed by legislative district here.

March 9, 2011

President’s Town Hall: State of the UW Budget

Today, UW Interim President Phyllis Wise addressed a packed Kane Hall on the status of the University’s budget, the implications of pending budget cuts, and University priorities and strategies for the next biennium. If you weren’t able to attend, you can watch the full event at UWTV here.

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

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…

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