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April 15, 2015

Best Case Scenarios for the UW in the 2015 – 17 Compromise Budget

Budget negotiations between the House and Senate have begun in earnest after both chambers passed their operating and capital budgets. The two proposals generously funded a portion of the UW’s higher education priorities, but neither provided comprehensive funding. While the House funded more high-priority operating requests, the Senate showed more generosity for in-demand capital needs. The analysis below lists the

April 3, 2015

Senate Operating Budget is Released

One thing is clear now that both the House and Senate budget have been released: Lawmakers are paying attention to higher education. We are delighted to see such focus paid to our public institutions. Kudos to the hard work and advocacy of those who helped elevate awareness of higher education’s critical need for public support. These proposals are sure to

March 31, 2015

Initial Thoughts: House Budget Proposals Released

WASHINGTON’S HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES released its operating and capital budget proposals last Friday, and the Senate proposal is hot off the press. Once the details of the Senate proposal have risen to the surface, budget negotiations will move forward in hopes of funding a compromise prior to the scheduled end of session on April 24. House Operating Budget There are

March 19, 2015

Alumni Day of Advocacy

Alums from all six universities rally for increased state support for public higher education IT’S NOT OFTEN THAT you find a Husky, Viking, Wildcat, Coug, Eagle and Geoduck all in the same room. Yet that’s just what more than a dozen lawmakers experienced in their Olympia offices on February 18. Three alums from each of Washington’s six public institutions (18

$12.5 Billion and Growing: The UW’s Economic Impact on Washington State

A RECENT REPORT FROM TRIPP UMBACH reveals that the University of Washington continues to be one of the largest economic drivers of our region. The study finds that the UW’s annual economic impact is now $12.5 billion, up from $9.1 billion just five years ago. According to the study, the UW is the third-largest non-federal employer in the state, and

District Dawg Spotlight

A Dawg in each district: Building a better future for the UW, one relationship at a time Witnessing the devastating cuts first-hand helped spur Willynck’s interest in legislative advocacy. As an alum, he found an immediate option to channel his advocacy energy, and he became a District Dawg. District Dawgs are UW Impact volunteers who channel their support of the

January 6, 2015

Get Involved Today

Next week, a challenging legislative session begins – and funding for the UW and higher education appears to be in jeopardy. How can you join the fight to keep the “public” in public higher education? Sign up to receive UW Impact’s e-newsletters and action alerts by sending your non-UW, non-governmental email address to info@uwimpact.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

December 3, 2014

Gonzaga & UW Explore Medical School Partnership

Gonzaga and the University of Washington announced plans to explore a medical education and research partnership at the UW School of Medicine in Spokane. The UW currently operates the only publicly funded medical school for Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI), and the new partnership is proposed as an opportunity to help grow and expand the UW Spokane program.

November 21, 2014

The Ivory Tower: What Can You Do?

Is college worth it? That’s the central premise in the recent CNN documentary “The Ivory Tower.” The film looks at serious issues facing many universities, including low graduation rates, a high debt load, and unique challenges facing low-income and first generation students. The University of Washington has been a leader among its peers in bringing solutions to these issues. Among

September 15, 2014

UW: Expand WWAMI, Increase Eastern WA Residencies

The UW expressed disappointment in WSU’s decision to pursue a separate, independent medical school, calling the report deeply flawed with egregious errors. On Friday, the WSU Board of Regents had unanimously approved the proposal to move forward with the medical school based on this report, which claimed the university was “highly ready” for such an endeavor. “Many of the key

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