Seattle Times higher education reporter Katherine Long reports in today’s newspaper: If the Legislature won’t give more money to higher education, University of Washington students are calling on the school to raise tuition by 3 percent, then put all of that money into faculty salaries. Read more.
We reported last week on a proposal by Senate Democrats to address sagging state funding for public higher education. Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-Seattle) introduced SB 5420, which would make a $225 million reinvestment in public higher education, and freeze tuition for two years. Additional Democratic sponsors of the proposal are Senators Frockt, Murray, McAuliffe, Fraser, Ranker, Rolfes, Kline, Conway, and Chase. On Friday, a… Read More
The Capitol came alive today with opening day ceremonial activities in both the House and Senate. Following the swearing in of new and returning members, both chambers moved on to electing their leaders and other business. Speaker Frank Chopp, D-Seattle, tells #waleg “We are one Washington… striving to give our children a better world.” twitter.com/drewmikk/statu…… Read More
President Young today joined with presidents of the state’s other public four-year universities in asking the Legislature to bolster sagging state investment. In exchange for a $225 million reinvestment in the 2013-15 operating budget, the universities offered to hold resident undergraduate tuition at current rates for the next two years. Responding to the proposal in… Read More
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.
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.
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.
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… Read More
“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 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.