State Relations

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

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.

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

Bill would give universities unlimited tuition authority for four years

The state’s colleges and universities would have four years of unlimited tuition-setting authority to establish a new baseline for tuition under a bill introduced Tuesday.

State’s prepaid college tuition program may face overhaul

With tuition rising rapidly at the state’s public colleges and universities, some legislators believe the popular Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program may need to be restructured.

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

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