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  • Amendment boosts med school funding in Senate budget

    The Senate Ways and Means Committee voted late Wednesday to increase funding in its budget proposal for the Elson S. Floyd College of medicine from $5 million to $10 million for the 17-19 biennium.

    That matches the level funded in the governor’s budget. WSU has requested $10.8 million. Beginning with the 2019 fiscal year, the variance is limited to $200,000 per year.

    The committee entertained dozens of amendments, rejecting most, and voted Senate Bill 5048 out. The budget now faces a floor vote.

    The House operating budget proposal is expected to be released Monday and heard that afternoon in the House Appropriations Committee.

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  • WSU testifies on Senate operating budget

    Washington State University was back on the hill this week to testify at the Ways & Means hearing of the Senate’s proposed operating budget, SB 5048, which was released early Tuesday afternoon. WSU issued their support for funding in the bill that would bolster STEM degree production, but asked that the Senate take into consideration their top legislative priority: the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

    The legislature partially funded $5 million of the $10.8 million funding request to support the charter class of sixty Washington students beginning their medical school training on August 17th.

    You can view WSU’s testimony in the hearing ... » More ...

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  • What the Senate budget means for WSU

    Leaders in the state Senate unveiled an operating budget proposal Tuesday that would increase funding for STEM enrollments, but only partially fund WSU’s request to support the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

    At a high level, the proposal would do the following.

    Provide $5 million to support the medical school. WSU has requested $10.8 million for the 2017-19 biennium to support 60 first year and 60 second year students.
    Provide $7.2 million for new enrollments, with 70 percent of them required to be in STEM disciplines. WSU had requested $5 million to support new engineering enrollments in Vancouver and Everett.
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  • WSU backs open educational resources legislation

    WSU has made significant strides in the past year to expand awareness and implementation of open educational resources in the classroom, and it continued to do so by issuing its support of HB 1561 – a bill designed to increase the use of these resources at four-year higher education institutions. The bill was heard in the Senate on Thursday.

    The university has already invested $22,000 towards adoption of open educational resources in the classroom in Pullman and has been most progressive at its Vancouver campus, with half of 100 level math courses already incorporating OER.  If funded, the bill would set aside funds that ... » More ...

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  • Senate hears <s>branch</s> campus bill

    WSU issued its full support behind legislation that would remove the term “branch” from “branch campus” in state law during Thursday’s Senate Higher Education committee hearing.

    HB 1107 aims to remove the term “branch” as an identifying factor for extension campuses. WSU testified in support of the bill before the House Higher Education committee back on January 17th before the bill passed through the House with a vote of 91-6.

    The university, known to be “one university geographically dispersed”, has removed the term from its lexicon over the past two years anyway. You can watch video of WSU’s testimony below.

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