UW Impact

April 5, 2019

Mixed Reviews of State Budgets for UW

Both chambers of the Washington State Legislature have released their proposed budgets, and the results are mixed for investment in the University of Washington. The good: The House fully funds the University’s requests for support in expanding capacity in high-demand degree programs and for additional resources in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. It does this through dedicated revenue, as proposed in HB

March 28, 2019

UW Impact’s Position on the Proposed Workforce Education Investment Fund

It’s Day 74 of the 2019 Legislative Session, and alumni across the state have visited, called, and sent more than 1200 messages to their lawmakers in support of the UW and higher education since the session began in January. Our message? Advocating for the three funding priorities our alumni identified in statewide polls in 2015 and 2018 as most important

March 15, 2019

Your 2019 Town Hall Meetings

Legislators from across the state are heading home in the next few weeks to hear directly from constituents about the issues they care about most. Attend, wear your Husky purple, and speak out on behalf of the UW and public higher education! Now is the time to make your voice heard to your legislators. Please check out our interactive Town

January 14, 2019

Legislative Session 2019 Begins!

Welcome back to session! We are thrilled to be mobilizing our alumni and higher ed supporters for a challenging legislative session. This past fall, we surveyed alumni* about higher ed and learned what they care about most for the University of Washington: Maintaining the high quality of a UW education Access and affordability Graduating students with high-demand skills and degrees

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,

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