“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… Read More
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.”
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… Read More
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.
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
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
The formation of the College Promise Coalition was announced yesterday. It brings together students, parents, faculty, alumni, labor and business leaders, and education advocates in order to urge the legislature to make higher education a top priority.
Margaret Shepherd, director of state relations, conducted a briefing via Skype at the beginning of the third week of the legislative session.
Faced with the third year in a row of big budget cuts, Washington’s higher education institutions could start admitting fewer state residents, according to testimony at the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee on Jan. 19. Read the entire post from the Tacoma News Tribune.