State Relations

Higher Education


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.


January 6, 2012

Legislative language primer

Curious about what it means to adopt a bill? Or what “bumping” means? How about the hopper? Check out the TNT’s guide to the Washington legislature’s lingo.


Margarita Prentice to retire from Senate

State Senator Margarita Prentice (D, 11th District) confirmed that she will not seek re-election in 2012. Prentice has served in the state senate for 20 years – this is her fifth term. Read more from the Renton Reporter and PubliCola.


December 8, 2011

Season’s Greetings from the UW

We invite you to enjoy our year-end video, which celebrates 150 years of innovation and creativity and demonstrates our spirit of hope for the future.


December 7, 2011

Our shared future at risk

The UW’s state funding has been cut 50 percent in the past three years. The UW External Affairs staff has prepared a series of documents to help people understand what the cuts mean and why higher education funding needs to be a real priority in the next state budget. Please visit Our Shared Future at…


May 11, 2011

Tuition-setting bill passes and Gov. says she’ll sign it

The state’s five public universities and The Evergreen State College will set their own undergraduate tuition under a bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday and is expected to be signed by the governor. Read the Seattle Times story.


May 9, 2011

Tuition-setting authority likely

Legislators appear to have reached agreement on allowing the state’s public universities to set undergraduate resident tuition for the next four years. The bill, House Bill 1795, also would permit institutions to charge more for higher-cost degree programs.


April 20, 2011

Budget issues unresolved; special session likely

With the legislative houses several hundred million dollars apart on a final biennial budget, and the official end of the session coming this week, a special session is all but certain. Dozens of important fiscal and policy bills also await action. Read an update from Olympia here.


April 14, 2011

Higher Education Opportunity Act: A roadmap for the future?

House Bill 1795, which is before the House Ways & Means Committee, “attempts to help our state’s two and four year institutions of higher education manage their way through this Great Recession,” according to its sponsor, Rep. Reuven Carlyle. The bill gives institutions of higher education four years of tuition setting authority to help offset…


April 6, 2011

Statement from UW Interim President Phyllis Wise on House budget

“It is discouraging to see half of the state’s appropriation for the UW disappear in the space of two biennia. On the one hand, we are grateful that the House budget writers recognize the links among tuition, state funds, and financial aid. When the state does not have the funds to support higher education, raising…



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