May 14, 2013

The Daily: Balancing the budget

Today’s front-page story in The Daily breaks down the House and Senate budget proposals being considered in Olympia. The story tackles a number of topics that lawmakers are confronting in budget negotiations this special session, from levels of state support to tuition-setting, and a proposed 20 percent international student surcharge to computer science & engineering… Read More

May 13, 2013

Special Session begins today

After a two-week break following its adjournment April 28, the Washington State Legislature is set to begin  Special Session today (May 13). The News Tribune reports that the first week of the 30-day session so far appears light on the legislative front, and mainly entails budget negotiators meeting to hash out agreement on a state… Read More

Governor Inslee signs higher education operating efficiencies legislation

On Friday (May 10), Governor Jay Inslee signed HB 1736, sponsored by Representatives Hans Zeiger, Larry Seaquist, Larry Haler, Gerry Pollet, Cindy Ryu, David Sawyer, Steve Bergquist, Chad Magendanz, and Jessyn Farrell.ŸŸ The central goal of the legislation is to enhance the efficiency of higher education institutions by better coordinating and streamlining certain state reporting requirements. The bill directs… Read More

May 10, 2013

The Olympian: Higher education a smart investment in state’s future

The Olympian published an editorial today supporting reinvestment in higher education, and noting recent remarks given by President Young: [W]e hope lawmakers will consider the remarks made by University of Washington President Michael Young at the Thurston County Chamber luncheon Wednesday. Young, who met earlier with The Olympian’s editorial board, laid out a convincing argument… Read More

Seattle Times: UW student group suggests tuition increase to fund faculty raises

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.

Q&A with State Representative Jake Fey ’71

This is the seventh installment in our “Huskies on the Hill” series featuring UW Alumni serving in state government. Today’s Q&A features State Representative Jake Fey, B.A. ’71, who represents the 27th Legislative District. He currently serves on the Capital Budget, Environment, and Transportation committees. Representative Fey was the first in his family to attend college, earning a BA… Read More

May 9, 2013

Washington Secretary of State visits UW campuses as part of College Civics tour

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who is serving her first term in office, recently embarked on a 14-campus College Civics tour which included visits yesterday to University of Washington Tacoma and the Seattle campus. . @secstatewa Wyman listening to student intros… — AJ Earl (@alexjon) May 8, 2013 During her stop at UW’s… Read More

New program supports STEM education

The University of Washington in collaboration with Washington State University is developing an “academic redshirt” program that will bring dozens of low-income Washington state high school graduates to the two universities to study engineering in a five-year bachelor’s program. Learn more at UW Today.

May 6, 2013

Governor Inslee announces new appointments to Student Achievement Council

Governor Jay Inslee today made four new appointments to the Student Achievement Council. The cabinet-level agency was formed last year to oversee the state’s higher education system, provide strategic planning and advocacy for increased student success and to align pre-K-12 and postsecondary education opportunities. According to the Governor’s news release, the four new appointees are:… Read More

April 29, 2013

Legislature adjourns, Special Session set to begin May 13

After a 105-days of work, the Washington State Legislature officially adjourned its Regular Session on Sunday (April 28). Late yesterday, Governor Inslee announced a Special Session will begin on May 13th at 9:00AM. State budget writers will meet in Olympia for the next two weeks in an attempt to work out a budget agreement. In addition… Read More