UW Impact

October 5, 2017

It’s fall. Where’s our budget?

Back in June, the Legislature passed Washington’s 2017-19 operating budget. In it, the University of Washington was successful in achieving some of its legislative objectives, such as expanding access to the State Need Grant, increasing funding that allows for more STEM enrollments, modest wage increases for faculty, and bargaining agreements for staff. Left lingering since then has been the state’s

July 7, 2017

Operating Budget: How Did Your Higher Ed Issues Fare?

Late on Friday, June 30, Governor Inslee signed the 2017-19 biennial operating budget into law. The UW and the higher education sector fared quite well, even as lawmakers focused on meeting their paramount obligation of funding K-12 education. We’re pleased to see investment in the entire spectrum of education reflected in the state’s operating budget. Our friends at UW State

March 29, 2017

Policy Spotlight: Maintaining Excellence Means Retaining Faculty

Of the University of Washington’s many points of pride, alumni tend to rank “quality” at the very top. Their pride is warranted: the UW is currently ranked 16th in U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 review of public universities. But earning a ranking in the top 20 means having stellar faculty – and those faculty are currently ripe for the

March 10, 2017

#investinmeWA

Every alum has a unique story to tell when it comes to his or her Husky experience. That’s why we created a social media campaign where alumni can shout out the program, school or campus that is most important to them. We are tagging the Legislature to be sure they can see these priorities and share our vision.  We all

March 8, 2017

It’s Town Hall Season! Ask about the UW to Make a Difference

Do your legislators know how much you care about the UW? Legislators from across the state are getting on the phone or heading home in the next few weeks to hear directly from constituents about the issues they care about. Are you a parent of a current Husky concerned about the high cost of college and lack of financial aid?

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 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,

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

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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