UW Impact

July 8, 2015

Historic Legislative Session Comes to an End

The 2015 legislative session is wrapping up as a historic victory for public higher education and the UW — thanks in part to the efforts of our advocates around the state. Washington is the only state in the country that will actually lower four-year college tuition costs. We are proud of the long list of policy achievements we were able to

June 4, 2015

Clock Ticks as Budget Writers Draw their Lines in the Sand

Budget writers from both chambers unveiled their latest “offers” this week, and neither side appears to have reached much compromise. Each feature relatively minor adjustments — with the only real change coming as a result of the state’s rosier than expected revenue forecast. Senator Andy Hill released his offer SB 6050 last Friday, and the House budget chair Ross Hunter

May 28, 2015

Report: Rebounding Economy is Leaving Higher Ed Funding Behind

Public higher education funding was among the hardest when lawmakers went looking for ways to shore up their recession budget crises. The economy is improving nationwide, yet higher education budgets remain in a pre-recession hole in 47 states, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities new report. Washington State’s public institutions faced dramatic cuts beginning in 2008; almost

Stay Tuned: Budget Gridlock Heads to 2nd Overtime

The first special session is over, and our state legislators have made little progress toward a final budget agreement. Lawmakers will get 30 more days to negotiate a compromise – or we face a July 1 government shutdown. What does this gridlock mean for the University of Washington? Key challenges include: Tuition costs remain a mystery until a budget is

May 18, 2015

Colleen Fukui-Sketchley Named 2015 Charles E. Odegaard Award Recipient

Although there are many alumni whose commitment to the UW community deserves praise, few will leave a legacy quite as impressive as our very own Colleen Fukui-Sketchley. Fukui-Sketchley was recently named the recipient of the 2015 Charles E. Odegaard Award – the UW’s highest achievement in diversity and an honor bestowed on individuals who embody the former UW’s president’s distinguished

May 13, 2015

The Burke-Gilman Trail: A Treasured UW Corridor in Jeopardy

The popular Burke-Gilman Trail (Trail) is familiar to thousands of people who have strolled — or dashed — to class through the University of Washington campus. The UW is the physical and financial steward of a 1.7-mile stretch of the Trail, which is increasingly unsafe due to years of heavy use and lack of funding for maintenance. The need to

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