State legislators have reached the halfway point of the 2011 session and will now head back to their districts to meet with constituents. You can find a list of locations, dates and times listed by legislative district here.
Today, UW Interim President Phyllis Wise addressed a packed Kane Hall on the status of the University’s budget, the implications of pending budget cuts, and University priorities and strategies for the next biennium. If you weren’t able to attend, you can watch the full event at UWTV here.
The editorial boards of the state’s largest newspapers have commented recently on the crisis in higher education. The Walla Walla Union Bulletin (editorial not available online) commented March 3, “Higher education in Washington state isn’t getting the respect it deserves nor the cash it needs from state lawmakers…. Lawmakers need to accept their responsibility as… Read More
In the midst of a challenging legislative session, it’s always great to get reminders that the UW community is full of amazing people doing remarkable things. For a daily dose of Husky goodness, check out this video from UW Bothell. Have your own example? Send it over to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Olympian newspaper, in an editorial, calls for giving the state’s universities the flexibility to make up budget shortfalls with higher tuition. The editorial points out that current proposals, if enacted, could mean that state funding of the UW has been cut by half in just three years.
In response to a request from legislative leaders, Interim President Phyllis Wise outlined the effect of budget cuts that were at the level of the governor’s proposed cuts (about $189 million) plus 15 or 30 percent. Those effects could include: Up to 500 fewer Washington residents in the freshman class Loss of up to 1,800… Read More
A bill sponsored by Rep. Reuven Carlyle, which would give four-year colleges and universities full tuition setting authority for four years and set up a new middle class financial aid program, has passed by a vote of 10-5 from the House Higher Education Committee.
Tomorrow is UW Student Lobby Day 2011. Check it out. Bark Against Budget Cuts Go Dawgs.
The state’s colleges and universities would have four years of unlimited tuition-setting authority to establish a new baseline for tuition under a bill introduced Tuesday.
With tuition rising rapidly at the state’s public colleges and universities, some legislators believe the popular Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program may need to be restructured.