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March 29, 2013

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…


March 27, 2013

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…


February 27, 2013

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!…


February 22, 2013

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,…


February 18, 2013

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…


February 6, 2013

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.


February 5, 2013

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…


February 4, 2013

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…


January 24, 2013

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…



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