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Higher Education


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…


January 22, 2013

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…


January 18, 2013

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…


January 14, 2013

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." pic.twitter.com/hNGXYgtG…



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