State Relations

Higher Education

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…

April 4, 2011

House operating budget release today

House Democrats are releasing their 2011-2013 biennial budget proposal today.  There will be a press conference at 12:15PM, and a Ways and Means Committee hearing on the proposal at 3:30PM. You can access the budget proposal online.  You can also watch the press conference and Ways and Means hearing live on TVW. The Office of…

March 21, 2011

Revenue forecast bodes ill for higher education

The recent decline in the state’s tax revenue projections leaves higher education especially vulnerable, according to the editorial page of the Tacoma News Tribune.  “… destroying college opportunity is like selling the children to pay the groceries.”

Alumni of Washington universities come together as advocates

Higher education is at a crossroads. The recession has led to dramatic cuts in higher education funding. To prevent further cuts, “the alumni of the University of Washington, Washington State University and Western Washington University have come together like never before and are raising their voices to call attention to the challenges facing higher education…

March 17, 2011

State’s March Revenue Forecast down $700 Million

Unfortunately, on this St. Patrick’s Day, the state’s revenue forecast has the state seeing more red than green. For more detail on what the numbers mean for the UW and the state, visit the OPB blog here.

March 11, 2011

Legislators schedule town hall meetings at home

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.

March 9, 2011

President’s Town Hall: State of the UW Budget

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.

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