State Relations

Provost’s Town Hall Covers Wide Range of Topics: State Funding, Accountability, Costs vs. Price, Flipping the Classroom, LEAN, and more

University of Washington Provost Ana Mari Cauce recently held a Town Hall on campus to discuss key issues and priorities for the current academic year. The event included lively conversation and timely questions from the live audience. Below are several segments of interest concerning academic, administrative and state legislative issues.

UW, WSU, WWU Alumni Team Up for “Week of Action” in Olympia

Alumni groups from three of the state’s public four-year universities are launching outreach efforts in Olympia this week. Through social media postings, the three alumni groups (UW Impact, WSU Impact, and Western Advocates) announced they are joining forces for an “Alumni Week of Action.” Their message? Asking legislators to support state reinvestment in higher education

Bipartisan Proposal Introduced in State House To Reinvest in Public Higher Education

We reported last week on a proposal by Senate Democrats to address sagging state funding for public higher education. Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-Seattle) introduced SB 5420, which would make a $225 million reinvestment in public higher education, and freeze tuition for two years. Additional Democratic sponsors of the proposal are Senators Frockt, Murray, McAuliffe, Fraser, Ranker, Rolfes, Kline, Conway, and Chase. On Friday, a

UW Experts Testify on STEM, Online Learning in Hearings

Policy committees are in full swing this week. On the docket this week: developments in the Higher Education realm, from online learning to the needs of industry. Yesterday, Dr. Elaine Scott presented before the House Higher Education Committee on the needs of STEM-related industries. Dr. Scott is the Director of the Science, Technology, Engineering and

Today in Olympia: Higher Ed Needs of Industry, Overview of Performance Data & Dashboard

The House Higher Education Committee kicked off a week of work sessions this morning focusing on the Higher Ed needs of industry. Today’s panels focused on the Aerospace and Software industries. UW’s Computer Science & Engineering Chair Hank Levy presented on the Software panel. In his presentation, Prof. Levy discussed the broad needs of the

This Week in Olympia: Legislature Kicks Off, Governor Sworn In, Committees Get to Work

On Monday, members of the House & Senate took their oaths of office. In the State Senate, as was expected, the Majority Coalition Caucus took control after a brief floor fight. And we've got a leadership structure. The state Senate votes 25-23 to adopt proposal of 23R/2D Majority Coalition Caucus. #waleg — Brian M. Rosenthal

Today in Olympia: First Day of Session, Editorials Weigh in on Reinvestment Proposal

The Capitol came alive today with opening day ceremonial activities in both the House and Senate. Following the swearing in of new and returning members, both chambers moved on to electing their leaders and other business. Speaker Frank Chopp, D-Seattle, tells #waleg "We are one Washington… striving to give our children a better world."

At Associated Press Forum, Legislators Preview Session, Gov-Elect Inslee Announces Appointments

With the start of the 105-day legislative session set to kick off next Monday, Jan. 14, the Associated Press held its annual forum featuring state legislators and decision-makers in Olympia today. The big topics? Finding additional funding for basic education, the committee structure and leadership of the State Senate, and addressing the estimated $1 billion

UW’s LEAN Initiative Continues to Attract National Attention

After a fall election marked by a spotlight on efficiency efforts, it’s fair to say that interest will likely continue to grow in “LEAN” management. Since January 2010, UW’s Finance & Facilities (F2) department has been using LEAN as a comprehensive approach to improve management of people and processes, as well as delivering more efficient

New Performance and Accountability Data Dashboard Released

An online dashboard launched today provides taxpayers more performance and accountability data about Washington’s public four-year colleges and universities. The Statewide Public Four-Year Dashboard was initially created in 2011 following the passage of House Bill 1795, known as “The Higher Education Opportunity Act.” The legislation directed Washington’s six public four-year colleges and universities to report

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