State Relations

Governor Inslee announces new appointments to Student Achievement Council

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:

Statement from UW President Michael K. Young on House Democrats’ budget proposal

“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

Statement from University of Washington President Michael K. Young regarding Senate Majority Coalition Caucus budget proposal announced today.

“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

Legislative budget process 101

State Representative Larry Seaquist (D-Gig Harbor) explains how the legislative budget process works in this white board video from the Washington House Democrats:

President Young: Early learning and K-12 are UW priorities

(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

UW Launches Affordable Online Degree Completion Initiative

Today, the University of Washington announced the launch of an affordable, online, degree completion initiative. The initiative represents a concerted effort to expand high quality, University of Washington undergraduate education to the 900,000 working adults in Washington State with some college but no degree. ”If we’re going to meet the needs of our state’s economy

Report: 25,000 High-Skill Jobs Going Unfilled

A new report out today from the Washington Roundtable shows that as many as 25,000 high-skills jobs are going unfilled in Washington State. From the Seattle Times: This week, the business group Washington Roundtable released a study that says 25,000 high-skill jobs in Washington are going unfilled — jobs that have remained vacant for three months

UW Graduation Rate Above National Average

A New York Times blog reports that 54.1% of college students who enrolled in fall 2006 graduated within 6 years. At the UW we’re proud that our graduation rate is above the national average. In fact, 79% of UW freshmen graduate within 6 years. That’s the highest percentage of any public university in the state!

This Week in Olympia: Policy Cutoff, Gubernatorial Appointments, State Transportation Package

Welcome to the end of week six in the 2013 regular session. Aside from being almost one-third of the way through the 105-day session, today (Feb. 22) has another important significance. After today, policy bills that haven’t yet had a hearing in committee, will be singing the swan song. Sure, there are ways to resuscitate certain budget-related bills,

UW Student Research Showcase Held in Olympia

University of Washington students showcased research on topics ranging from quantum chemistry to malaria at the State Capitol last week. Legislators and staff dropped by the event held in 211 Cherberg to learn about the wide range of research being done by UW students. View more photos on State Relations’ Facebook page. PHOTOS: @UW Student

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