State Relations

March 6, 2011

State’s newspapers comment on higher ed crisis

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

March 1, 2011

Olympian newspaper calls for giving higher ed tuition authority to offset budget cuts

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.

February 25, 2011

UW describes potential effects of large budget cuts

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

January 27, 2011

New coalition to advocate for higher education in Olympia

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.

January 25, 2011

Briefing on week three of legislative session

Margaret Shepherd, director of state relations, conducted a briefing via Skype at the beginning of the third week of the legislative session.

January 20, 2011

Faced with cuts, universities may look to nonresident tuition

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.

January 12, 2011

Plight of public higher education discussed on KING-TV

“Up Front,”  a weekly news program on KING-TV, explores the rising cost of public higher education in Washington. A college degree has never been more important, but the state has less money to spend. So who pays the price?

January 4, 2011

Higher ed task force makes recommendations

A  task force appointed by the governor has recommended that the state’s four-year colleges and universities be allowed to raise tuition  to cover costs  if necessary to produce more college graduates to meet demand.  The task force also recommended creating a scholarship fund with a $1 billion fund-raising goal in the next decade to support low- and middle-income

December 15, 2010

Governor unveils budget that would cut $4 billion

On Wednesday morning, Gov. Gregoire unveiled a budget that would eliminate many services for the poor and also would make dramatic cuts in education funding. Tuition would increase by 22 percent over two years at the UW, WSU and Western Washington University. But even with the cuts, colleges and universities would experience $220 million in cuts.

December 13, 2010

Legislators cut about $700 million from state budget

Actions taken by the state legislature, meeting Saturday,  are expected to trim about $700 million from the state budget deficit for the current fiscal year ending in June 2011. The cuts include $51 million from higher education, including $11.4 million from the UW. The UW cut formalizes action taken by Gov. Gregoire in September when

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