The University of Washington and higher education fared well this legislative session, buoyed by a favorable revenue projection (the state had more money than anticipated) and compelling requests. The Legislature funded projects, programs and compensation at all three UW campuses, and made great strides in funding the State Need Grant.
The U.S. House of Representatives has begun work on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act (HEA) that administers policies and procedures for higher education institutions. They recently released the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success and Prosperity Through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act. This proposed legislation has implications for higher education across all of the nation’s accredited, degree-granting institutions: two-year and four-year, public and private.
The Higher Education Act (HEA) is an expansive piece of federal legislation that is the foundational law for our nation’s colleges and universities. The HEA covers topics such as student financial aid (Pell Grants, Stafford and other loan programs, work-study programs), accreditation and oversight, and persistence and completion rates.