State Relations

Higher Education


March 28, 2014

The Atlantic: UW among best for dollar-for-dollar ROI

According to PayScale data, the UW is #5 in the country in dollar-for-dollar return on investment (ROI) for a bachelor’s degree. And our computer science degree specifically is in the top 10 for ROI. Read more in The Atlantic. Of course, long-term financial reward isn’t the only measure of the value of an education. Just…


March 7, 2014

President Young interviewed by TVW’s Inside Olympia

An interview with President Michael Young for the show Inside Olympia aired on TVW Thursday evening. The interview, by Austin Jenkins, covers a range of subjects, including the direction of higher education in the state, how to fund it successfully and what recent developments in online education and commercial development of university research mean for the future….


February 18, 2014

President Young’s statement on the passage of the Real Hope Act

“Today’s action by the State Legislature was a vote of confidence in students and their importance to the future of our state,” said UW President Michael K. Young. “It sends a strong message that an education should be available to absolutely everyone. For years, our state has invested in these students’ success in our K-12…


December 4, 2013

Gov. Inslee discusses STEM education at Summit

This week Washington STEM hosted its second annual summit at Microsoft’s Redmond-campus. Over the lunch hour, the audience heard from Microsoft’s Brad Smith and Governor Jay Inslee on the importance of STEM education, both at the K-12 and post-secondary levels, to the state economy. (Read highlights from the day in this report from the Redmond…


October 18, 2013

Video: President Young’s Annual Address

In the 2013 Annual Address to the campus community, UW President Michael K. Young examines how we are working together as a university to address key 21st century challenges.


October 5, 2013

UW plays key role in state’s adoption of “Next Gen” science standards

The Seattle Times reports that Washington will be the eighth state to adopt the “Next Generation Science Standards,” which outline what students should know about big ideas of science, key practices scientists and engineers use to solve problems, and fundamental concepts that apply across all scientific fields. The Times highlights the prominent role played by the…


October 1, 2013

State Legislators and staff visit the UW

The Office of State Relations hosted a group of state legislators and staff on campus last Friday (September 27) for a tour of the Institute for Protein Design, a campus tour including the recently renovated Odegaard Undergraduate Library & Learning Commons and the Paul G. Allen Center for Computing & Engineering, and a lunch briefing with…


August 21, 2013

Seattle Times: Computer games + math = fun and learning in schools

The Seattle Times recently reported on UW researcher Zoran Popovic‘s work to make computer games more effective at teaching math. One of the most successful examples, for adults and students alike, is the UW Center for Game Science’s Foldit, which challenges users to help uncover the structures of biologically important proteins. Players around the world have…


August 9, 2013

UW School of Medicine ranks first among medical students

The Puget Sound Business Journal reports: University of Washington School of Medicine was ranked No. 1 in a national survey of current medical students. … One Class of 2015 student at UW wrote: “The first thing every faculty and staff member in my program has said is, ‘We are here to help you; this is…


August 5, 2013

On the road: Southwest Washington study mission

Last week, yours truly joined the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Puget Sound Regional Council for a study mission to Southwest Washington. The study mission started bright and early on Thursday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and wrapped up Friday afternoon at the Port of Vancouver. Along the way, the delegation of business and government…



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