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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

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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