On its Sunday (May 19) opinion page, the Everett Herald published an editorial making the case that higher education is key to the state’s economy. The editorial opens with this point: The mainspring for landing the Boeing 777X in Washington is higher ed and addressing the skills gap in engineering and technology. The best social… Read More
The 16th annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium is underway on campus. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (Friday, May 17) in Mary Gates Hall.
On Friday (May 10), Governor Jay Inslee signed HB 1736, sponsored by Representatives Hans Zeiger, Larry Seaquist, Larry Haler, Gerry Pollet, Cindy Ryu, David Sawyer, Steve Bergquist, Chad Magendanz, and Jessyn Farrell. The central goal of the legislation is to enhance the efficiency of higher education institutions by better coordinating and streamlining certain state reporting requirements. The bill directs… Read More
Seattle Times higher education reporter Katherine Long reports in today’s newspaper: If the Legislature won’t give more money to higher education, University of Washington students are calling on the school to raise tuition by 3 percent, then put all of that money into faculty salaries. Read more.
The University of Washington in collaboration with Washington State University is developing an “academic redshirt” program that will bring dozens of low-income Washington state high school graduates to the two universities to study engineering in a five-year bachelor’s program. Learn more at UW Today.
Governor Jay Inslee today made four new appointments to the Student Achievement Council. The cabinet-level agency was formed last year to oversee the state’s higher education system, provide strategic planning and advocacy for increased student success and to align pre-K-12 and postsecondary education opportunities. According to the Governor’s news release, the four new appointees are:… Read More
“Today’s House budget proposal lacks significant, new state investment in public higher education. Washington ranks second to last in the nation — 49th — in higher education funding per student, with 25,000 jobs in high demand industries awaiting graduates we do not have the funding to educate. If we are to compete in the 21st… Read More
“Today’s Senate Majority Coalition Caucus budget proposal comes up woefully short for the UW and higher education. Of the $100 million in ‘new’ funding for higher education, the majority is derived from a 20 percent tax on our international students that we believe will price students out of their education and result in a loss of high-quality talent… Read More
State Representative Larry Seaquist (D-Gig Harbor) explains how the legislative budget process works in this white board video from the Washington House Democrats:
(Cross-Posted from the President’s Blog) President Young stressed the importance of early learning and called the UW’s new online bachelor’s completion program “a good thing for all of us” during remarks to the Alliance for Education in Seattle this week. “As long as I’m president,” he told the group Thursday, “improving early learning and K-12… Read More