State Relations

Higher Education


February 28, 2012

President Young’s statement on the Senate budget

UW President Michael Young released this statement regarding the Senate’s budget proposal: “The Senate budget proposal released today puts a halt to four years of public disinvestment in higher education.  The Senate is to be commended to taking this bold stance.  Investing in students and their futures charts a course towards sustainable economic recovery and…


February 16, 2012

State revenue forecast shows improvement

The February revenue forecast shows a turn upward for the next biennium.  The forecast for expected revenue for 2011-13 is up by $95.7 million with a total expected revenue of about $30.3 billion.  While this revenue increase of 0.3 percent represents a modest boost for the current biennium, this is the first positive forecast since…


February 15, 2012

Flexibility measures move forward

The operational flexibility proposals introduced in Olympia this session moved forward on Tuesday. February 14 was the cutoff for non-budget legislation to pass out the chamber of origin. HB 2585 passed in the House with 98 yea votes to move to the Senate.  The bill amends contract rules for institutions of higher learning in order…


February 2, 2012

Washington presidents discuss higher education funding at public forum

On Wednesday night presidents of Washington’s six public colleges and universities gathered to discuss funding for higher education.  Among the concerns expressed by the presidents was the ability to retain faculty and providing access to low and middle-income students.  Business leaders from REI, Boeing and Microsoft also spoke about their concern about the future of…


January 30, 2012

College presidents to talk higher education at Town Hall

The Greater Good Campaign is hosting a conversation with six Washington public university and college presidents on Wednesday at Town Hall.  The talk is titled “Six Presidents: An Unprecedented Conversation on Higher Education Funding in Washington State.” Read more about it here.


January 17, 2012

New UW Regents appointed

Governor Gregoire announced appointments to the University of Washington Board of Regents. Read the press release here.


January 12, 2012

Connecting the Science of Early Learning to Policy: Washington State Legislators Visit I-LABS

In November legislators visited iLabs – see what they learned about and hear what they had to say. Legislative visit to iLabs


January 11, 2012

State’s economic forecaster to resign

Washington’s chief economist, Dr. Arun Raha, announced today that he is resigning after three years effective Jan. 31. Steve Lerch, who previously served as interim chief economic before Raha came on board, will fill the position temporarily during the search for a replacement. More details are available from The Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune and…


January 10, 2012

New report on higher education in Washington state

Yesterday The Seattle Times published an article about a new report on higher education in Washington state.  The report focuses on the number of Washington students graduating college and concluded that the system does not produce enough bachelor’s degrees. You can read the article here. The press release, executive summary and full report are available…


January 9, 2012

New legislative session begins today

The Washington state Legislature opened a new session today. Throughout the 60-day session current budget information will be available from the Office of Planning and Budgeting via OPBlog . Check here for updates. Information about UW and our legislative message can be found on the Office of External Affairs site.



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