State Relations

Higher Education


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.


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.



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