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 11, 2019

Husky Caucus Day 2019!

On Thursday, March 14th, the UW Impact team, along with members of the UW Alumni Association Board of Trustees and other supporters of the University, will be headed to Olympia to deliver UW Impact-themed trinkets to our alumni currently serving in our State Legislature. Looking for a meaningful way to get engaged with the University and to advocate for higher

February 26, 2019

EVENT RECAP: Making the Case for Higher Ed

*Special guest blog from UW Impact intern, Kenny Applewhaite.                           UW Impact held its 5th annual Legislative Preview event on January 10, 2019. At the event, alumni, students, friends, and higher education advocates alike gathered to make the case that higher education IS for anyone and everyone that

March 14, 2018

The PROSPER ACT- What is it, and how might it affect my student?

The Higher Education Act (HEA) is an expansive piece of federal legislation that is the foundational law for our nation’s colleges and universities. The HEA covers topics such as student financial aid (Pell Grants, Stafford and other loan programs, work-study programs), accreditation and oversight, and persistence and completion rates. In 2018, the HEA is expected to come up for reauthorization

March 8, 2018

Thank you, Advocates: Success in 2018

The University of Washington and higher education fared well this legislative session, buoyed by a favorable revenue projection (the state had more money than anticipated) and compelling requests. The Legislature funded projects, programs and compensation at all three UW campuses, and made great strides in funding the State Need Grant. Legislators are still on the hook to fulfill their obligation

January 9, 2018

UW Impact Legislative Priorities | 2018 Legislative Session

UW Impact engages UW alumni and stakeholders in legislative advocacy that advances the University and public higher education in the state of Washington. UW Impact’s 2018 legislative priorities align with the higher education priorities identified by UW alumni in recent polling* and with the University of Washington’s 2018 legislative agenda. Academic Excellence: UW’s faculty and staff compensation is not at

December 8, 2017

Join Us: UW Impact 2018 Legislative Preview

The current political climate has highlighted diverse political and philosophical perspectives between people living in rural and urban environments. Some research suggests that higher education may be falling out of favor with conservatives, many of whom live in Washington’s rural areas. How do the UW and other higher education institutions play a role in finding common ground? UW Impact and

February 22, 2017

Session Update: Bills are dying, funding is limited and higher ed is in wait-and-see mode

There’s a flurry of activity in the halls of Olympia right now as the Legislature approaches major session deadlines. Since session began on January 9, lawmakers have introduced over 2,000 bills in all the various committees. Of those 2,000 bills, we know that over 300 have either a policy or fiscal impact to the UW. That number will shrink as

October 10, 2016

JOIN US: NW Documentary Premier of Starving the Beast

A philosophical debate with grave real-world implications has erupted from America’s ivory towers. Public higher education: What is it? Who should get to go to college? What is the end goal of a four-year university education? Who should pay for it? When states won’t pay for it–and students are unable to find the money–who bears the burden? In his 2016

January 19, 2016

Event Recap: The Value of Alumni Advocacy

UW Impact held its second annual legislative preview event on January 7.  Alumni, students and higher education advocates gathered to hear legislators and UW leaders discuss the UW, the importance of advocacy and issues facing higher education this session. This year’s event featured President Ana Mari Cauce, Husky legislators Rep. Tina Orwall, ’88, ’91 and Sen. Joe Fain ’03, in a

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