February 22, 2017

Session Update: Bills are dying, funding is limited and higher ed is in wait-and-see mode

There’s a flurry of activity in the halls of Olympia right now as the Legislature approaches major session deadlines. Since session began on January 9, lawmakers have introduced over 2,000 bills in all the various committees. Of those 2,000 bills, we know that over 300 have either a policy or fiscal impact to the UW. That number will shrink as

January 31, 2017

Huskies on the Hill: Spotlight on UW Student Lobbyists

The “Husky experience” includes something different for every UW student. Some students spend time abroad, others dedicate their student life to sports, or maybe lab work and research. For James Moschella and Alex Wirth, their Husky experience includes many months and long hours representing student issues in the state and federal capitol. James represents graduate and professional students in both

January 24, 2017

UW Impact’s 2017 Legislative Priorities

Over the course of the 2017 legislative session, UW Impact will focus its advocacy efforts on the following priorities: Affordability: UW alumni and friends in the state of Washington* are concerned about student debt and the high cost of college, and support efforts to lower tuition rates to make a college degree more affordable. Access to high-demand fields: UW alumni

Introducing: Higher education priorities for the UW and Washington’s Public Higher Education Sector for 2017 beyond

The 2017 legislative session is underway and the challenges facing our state lawmakers loom large as they grapple with tremendous budget challenges, including fully funding basic education and dealing with Washington’s mental health crisis. Higher education might not be at the top of the headlines, but it isn’t too far away. For the first time in recent memory, the UW,

December 28, 2016

The Role of Higher Education in a Changing Economy

UW Impact’s 2017 Legislative Preview Thurs. Jan 5, 2017, 7 p.m.   University of Washington, HUB Lyceum 4001 E Stevens Way NE  Seattle, Washington, 98105 Register HERE, Admission is FREE   Jobs and anxieties over a changing economy were some of the issues voters had on their minds when they went to the ballot box in November. New technologies are

November 9, 2016

Join us! Advocacy Camp

The election is over, but the real work has yet to get started. Time to channel those post-election emotions into action as Washington State heads into an important budget session beginning January 9. Whether you’re worried about tuition, passionate about transportation or inspired by social justice issues, taking action gives you the power to effect change, and we can help

October 10, 2016

JOIN US: NW Documentary Premier of Starving the Beast

A philosophical debate with grave real-world implications has erupted from America’s ivory towers. Public higher education: What is it? Who should get to go to college? What is the end goal of a four-year university education? Who should pay for it? When states won’t pay for it–and students are unable to find the money–who bears the burden? In his 2016

Husky on the Hill: Spotlight on Sen. Steve Hobbs, ’94,’11

State senator and self-proclaimed nerd, Sen. Steve Hobbs of Lake Stevens says he owes his career to a love of learning nurtured by the University of Washington (UW). Earning a degree from the UW was a life-long goal, Hobbs says, but it was one he thought he’d never attain. After working through high school to help support his family, Hobbs

October 7, 2016

What do YOU think are the most important issues facing the UW & public higher education?

  As the legislative advocacy program of the UW Alumni Association, we care about the issues alumni care about. This is your opportunity to help us shape our priorities as we head into the 2017 legislative session. Your voice matters – help us ensure the UW remains strong for generations of Huskies to come. Please click here to take our

January 19, 2016

Event Recap: The Value of Alumni Advocacy

UW Impact held its second annual legislative preview event on January 7.  Alumni, students and higher education advocates gathered to hear legislators and UW leaders discuss the UW, the importance of advocacy and issues facing higher education this session. This year’s event featured President Ana Mari Cauce, Husky legislators Rep. Tina Orwall, ’88, ’91 and Sen. Joe Fain ’03, in a

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