UW Impact

October 19, 2018

UW President Cauce’s Call to Action

University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce delivered her annual address on October 16 with a powerful and resonant call to action. This address provides a forecast for the UW campus community, sharing highlights and anticipated challenges over the next year. Pres. Cauce had a clear and unequivocal message for the year ahead: public reinvestment in higher education is critical

March 22, 2018

Resources: The PROSPER Act

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

January 19, 2018

Capital Budget is Great for UW

State lawmakers came together during the second week of the 2018 legislative session to pass the capital budget that had stalled during the 2017 session. We are pleased to report that the long-awaited budget is generous to the UW, and supports growth in areas of high demand and high impact for our state. Key capital budget victories for the UW

December 8, 2017

Threats in Federal Tax Reform: Hold Higher Ed Harmless

You may have heard that the new federal tax reform bill affects higher education, but what does it mean for students and institutions? As of last Saturday, both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate had passed their own versions of a proposed tax bill reform. Each has troubling consequences for higher education and the UW. Implications for Graduate Students Graduate

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

January 24, 2017

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,

August 7, 2015

UW Tech Grads Among the Most Talented in the Nation

Recent UW alums don’t have to get too far off-campus to find a use for their newly-minted technology degrees. Washington’s booming tech industry is responsible for employing 238,900 people, and bringing in over $37 billion in revenue, according to a recent Washington Technology Industry Association study. Not only are our grads located in the heart of the state’s tech hotbed,

July 9, 2015

2015 PHELAP Conference Heads to Tennessee

Few are more apt to authentically speak about an institution’s value than an alumnus. Alumni advocacy has a long and storied role in building and maintaining the pillars of many US public higher education institutions. The role of alumni advocacy has never been more vital than it is today. Beginning in 2008, public higher education budgets became a ready target

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

March 19, 2015

$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

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