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October 24, 2019

From the VP- We are the University FOR Washington (and Alaska too!)

Randy Hodgins

Now that I have recovered slightly from our football team’s heartbreaking loss to the Ducks last weekend, I have had a chance to reflect on my recent trip to Anchorage. You might be surprised that the UW is sending staff to the 49th state, but our relationship with Alaska dates back more than a century….


September 27, 2019

From the VP- What do Governor Jay Inslee, Seattle Metro Chamber CEO Marilyn Strickland and Microsoft’s Brad Smith have in Common? A Liberal Arts Degree!

Randy Hodgins

Steve Jobs once said, “Technology alone is not enough. It’s technology married with the liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our hearts sing.” The Apple Macintosh and iPhone sold millions not just because they had impressive processing power. They also looked and felt cool thanks to their sleek…


February 25, 2019

From the VP – The Future of Undergraduate Education

Randy Hodgins

It is pretty rare during the hectic days of a legislative session to can take a short break from committee hearings and member meetings to immerse yourself in some of the latest thinking about the challenges facing higher education in the United States in 2019.  But last Wednesday in Olympia, about 50 representatives from public…


January 23, 2019

From the VP – State budget discussions in Olympia

Randy Hodgins

The 2019 state legislative session began on Monday, January 14 and in the spirit of “wasting no time” to make our case for increased state funding, I had the pleasure of joining President Cauce in Olympia all day yesterday to meet with state legislators about our biennial operating and capital budget requests (read that here)….


October 19, 2018

From the VP – Tuition and State Funding Can’t Both Be Low, Can They?

Randy Hodgins

I was interested to see the story from KNKX radio in yesterday’s news clips that showed that the University of Washington has the lowest “net” price for families of any university in the state according to The Hechinger Report and Education Writers Association.  This study lets consumers see the sticker price and then the net…



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