State Relations

July 28, 2008

Seattle Times Takes Notice of “Star Researchers”

In case you missed this yesterday, the Seattle Times ran a very complimentary editorial about the new Innovation Research Teams (IRT) program (also referred to as the “Star Researchers” program) which was created in the 2007-09 biennial budget act. As you may recall, the program ran into some trouble this past session when the House Appropriations Committee…

July 21, 2008

President Emmert Pitches Budget and Long Term Enrollment Plans to HEC Board

This afternoon, President Emmert appeared before the monthly meeting of the Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) in Seattle to present the University’s 2009-11 biennial operating budget proposal (just adopted last Thursday by the Board of Regents) and to discuss the UW’s 10-year enrollment and degree production plans. Emmert’s appearance before the HECB was a joint presentation with…

July 19, 2008

Joint Task Force on King County Stadium Revenues Gets Started

Too much going on this week to have managed to get this posted on Wednesday, but wanted to let those of you following the Husky Stadium issue know that the task force charged with developing recommendations on future use of revenues from Safeco Field, Qwest Field, the Kingdome and possibly the State Convention and Trade…

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…

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