State Relations

Higher Education


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…


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…



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