State Relations

July 16, 2008

Governor Appoints New Student Regent from UW Tacoma

Yesterday, Governor Chris Gregoire appointed the first student to the UW Board of Regents who is a student at the University of Washington – Tacoma.  Jean-Paul Willynck, a senior Urban Studies major was appointed to a one-year term to the board effective July 1.  As a student regent, Willynck will represent the interests of all…

July 8, 2008

Ballot Measures Could Increase State’s Budget Gap

Chris Mulick from the Tri-City Herald posted this story a couple of days ago about the potential fiscal impact of two initiatives which I wrote about in the blog last week that are likely to appear on the November 2008 ballot. Tim Eyman’s Initiative 985, which would redirect 15% of the state sales tax on the sale of new and…

July 7, 2008

PDC Complaint Against UW College of Education Dismissed

The University of Washington got some good news late last week regarding a complaint filed several months ago with the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC). Last February, Rep. Glenn Anderson (R-Fall City) filed a complaint with the PDC alleging that a recent publication of the College of Education “Taking Measure: Does Modern Math Education Add Up?”…

June 27, 2008

More Higher Ed Humor From The Onion

Got some nice feedback from the link I posted a few weeks ago to a news parody in The Onion on education. Here’s another satirical story about a new innovation that’s sure to revolutionize graduate education in the U.S. Have a great weekend!

Initiative Signature Deadline Next Week

With a presidential and gubernatorial election coming this November, it’s pretty easy to lose track of how statewide initiative gathering is coming this summer.  But believe it or not, next Thursday July 3, is the deadline for turning in signatures for measures that proponents want to appear on the November 2008 ballot. So far, the…

June 23, 2008

Possible New Site for UW North Sound?

This story yesterday in the Everett Herald finally brings to light something that has been talked about off-the-record since the battle over the location of a possible new UW North Sound branch fizzled in a stalemate at the end of the 2008 legislative session. The Legion Memorial Golf Course in Everett is being discussed by lawmakers as a…

June 20, 2008

State Legislators Visiting UW Campus

This is a really great time of year if you’re someone like me who lives their professional life by the rhythms of the state legislature.  It’s mid-June, the weather is warm and the 2008 session seems like a distant memory.  Better still, most elected officials are preoccupied with their respective campaigns and the 2009 session…

June 19, 2008

State Revenue Projection Declines Slightly

The June revenue forecast for Washington state was adopted in Olympia today and shows a projected decline of $167 million for the remainder of the current biennium and the upcoming biennium which begins July 1, 2009.  The change in the forecast is statistically less than one-half percent of total general fund tax collections. Dr. Steve…

June 18, 2008

UW Names New Tech Transfer Leader

Here’s an announcement from the UW Provost’s office that will certainly be of interest to the business and economic development community in the Puget Sound and Washington State. Linden Rhoads, a veteran executive in the Seattle high tech community will become Vice Provost for UW Technology Transfer, effective August 14.  Ms. Rhoads co-founded or served…

June 13, 2008

Higher Education News Roundup

Here are a number of stories and issues that have caught my eye this week that should be of some interest to the UW. Massachusetts Upping the Life Sciences Ante Governor Deval Patrick has made regaining Massachusetts life sciences research prominence the cornerstone of his economic development agenda.  It appears at least one chamber of the General…

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