State Relations

Higher Education


May 21, 2013

New Chancellor named for UW Bothell

Katherine Long of the Seattle Times reports on the New York technology leader selected to head UW Bothell as its next Chancellor: Bjong Wolf Yeigh, professor and president of the State University of New York Institute of Technology (SUNYIT), will be the next UW-Bothell chancellor if approved by the Board of Regents. He will replace…


May 20, 2013

Everett Herald: Higher ed remains the key

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…


May 17, 2013

Campus symposium features undergraduate research

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.


May 13, 2013

Governor Inslee signs higher education operating efficiencies legislation

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.ŸŸ 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…


May 10, 2013

Seattle Times: UW student group suggests tuition increase to fund faculty raises

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.


May 9, 2013

New program supports STEM education

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.


May 6, 2013

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:…


April 11, 2013

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…


April 3, 2013

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…


April 1, 2013

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:



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