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January 7, 2020

UW Fast Facts 2020 – Now Available!

The 2020 edition of UW Fast Facts is now available. You can find it on the UW Fast Facts page and in the Quick Links bar on the right. A special thank you to OPB’s Institutional Data & Analysis team, the University Marketing & Communications team, and to our partners around the UW for their…


January 7, 2019

UW Fast Facts 2019 – Now Available!

The 2019 edition of UW Fast Facts is now available. You can find it on the OPB website under the UW Data tab, and in the Quicklinks bar on the right. You can also access it directly at UW Fast Facts. A special thank you to OPB’s Institutional Analysis team, the Marketing & Communications team, and to our…


May 15, 2018

Public Profiles – New Interactive Dashboards Now Available!

In May 2018, in collaboration with UW-IT’s Enterprise Information, Integration and Analytics (EIIA) unit, the Office of Planning and Budgeting (OPB) relaunched Public Profiles, which are now five interactive dashboards including: FTE Enrollment Trends Headcount Enrollment Trends Degrees Production Trends Undergraduate Graduation Rates Undergraduate Retention and Persistence All dashboards, except Degrees Production Trends (which is refreshed…


January 3, 2018

UW Fast Facts 2018 – Now Available!

The 2018 edition of UW Fast Facts is now available. You can find it on the OPB website under the UW Data tab, and in the Quick Links bar on the right. A special thank you to OPB’s Institutional Data & Analysis team, the Marketing & Communications team and to our partners around the UW…


April 25, 2016

New Report Examines Challenges Facing Public Research Universities in 21st Century

The Lincoln Project, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ study of public research universities (PRUs), has recently come out with its fifth and final report, which examines the challenges facing PRUs and recommends strategies for addressing them. The recommendations are threefold: Address Financial Challenges: The sharp reduction in state funding for PRUs—down 30 percent…


September 18, 2015

UW is Most Innovative Public University in the World and “Best Bang for the Buck” Among Western Schools

Reuters recently ranked the UW as the fourth most innovative university in the world among public and private institutions, surpassed only by Stanford, MIT and Harvard.  When looking at public institutions alone, however, the UW topped the list. As the Seattle Times noted, “The ranking takes into account academic papers, which indicate basic research performed…


October 31, 2014

Final Gainful Employment Rule Removes Default Rate Metric

The Education Department’s (ED) final “gainful employment rule,” which was released yesterday, will hold vocational programs accountable to just one of the two outcome metrics that were proposed in the March draft rule.  Cohort default rates (CDRs) were eliminated from the legislation, meaning that debt-to-earnings ratios will be the only criteria upon which individual career education…


June 18, 2014

“Degree Attainment Around the World (Cup)”

On Monday, The Equity Line posted the following piece about how the U.S. compares to the other World Cup countries in terms of degree attainment. More Than Just a Game: Degree Attainment Around the World (Cup) Posted on June 16, 2014 by Kaylé Barnes and Joseph Yeado “Defying commentators, critics, and prognosticators, the U.S. has…


May 30, 2014

Higher Ed News Roundup

Here’s a quick roundup of some of this week’s headlines in higher ed news. Report Argues Gainful Employment Rules Could Hurt For-Profits’ Students  According to a study commissioned by the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, up to 44 percent of students at for-profit colleges could lose access to federal financial aid under the…


May 15, 2014

Temple University’s Innovative Plan to Improve On-Time Graduation and Reduce Debt

Temple University recently created a new partnership between students and the university to help students graduate on time and limit the amount of debt they accrue. Under the program, called “Fly in 4,” if an undergraduate student fulfills a set of requirements aimed at promoting on-time completion, but is still unable to graduate within four…



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