WSU Chancellors, President talk FAFSA delays, campus priorities in D.C.

President Kirk Schulz was joined by all six Chancellors in the nation’s capital last week to highlight the university’s federal priorities and campus initiatives. The group also discussed the impacts of ongoing FAFSA delays and the importance of college affordability and accessibility with members of the state’s Congressional delegation and staff, industry leaders, and other […]

The Future of Healthcare: Coug Med Students Meet Legislators

A group of third and fourth year medical students from the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine sat down with local state representatives and appointed officials in Vancouver yesterday evening to share their experiences training in Southwest Washington. As a community-based medical school, WSU medical students spend their first two years at the WSU […]

Federal budget includes wins for WSU Health Sciences

The recent federal funding package for fiscal year 2024 shows support for WSU priorities in the health science space.  WSU’s Indigenous Health Simulation Center will receive $1.47 million as part of a congressionally directed spending request that was supported by Senator Patty Murray, a testimony to the importance of WSU’s work in this space. The […]

Modest growth in state revenues

In its April revenue update, the state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council announced Friday that tax collections were up $82.9 million or 4.5 percent compared with what was forecasted in February. Collections for March and April cumulatively returned $53.4 million or 1.4 percent higher than forecasted. Although some of the modest growth can be attributed […]

Commerce Director visits WSU Pullman

Washington State Department of Commerce Director, Michael Fong visited the WSU Pullman campus Friday to meet with university leadership and learn about research in sustainable fuels and building materials. The two agencies are key partners on a wide array of subjects, many dealing with energy. Most recently, WSU has provided thought leadership as Commerce helped […]

Governor signs bill extending state financial aid program eligibility

A bill that would increase the amount of time a student is eligible to receive state financial aid was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee today. It increases the eligibility window for programs like the Washington College Grant from five years to six years. Sen. T’wina Nobles, chair of the Senate Higher Education committee, sponsored SB […]

State tax collections dip slightly

Revenue collections were lower than forecasted for the last month, according to the latest revenue update report published by the state’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council on Thursday afternoon. Between February 11th and March 10th, the state collected $29.5 million, 1.5 percent lower than forecasted in February. The forecast last month projected slow growth in […]

Governor signs WSU-backed NIL bill

A bill signed by the governor today will clarify state ethics law for university employees engaging student athletes in activities regarding the student’s name, image, and likeness (NIL). Senate Bill 5913 received bipartisan support from lawmakers in the Senate and House during the 2024 legislative session that adjourned last week. Sponsored by Sen. Javier Valdez, […]

Three WSU alums bid farewell to Olympia

Among the slew of departures from the Legislature announced in recent days were three Washington State University alums who left their mark. You can watch their farewell addresses and tributes paid to them yesterday on the floor of the Senate and floor of the House of Representatives. Rep. JT Wilcox of Yelm is best known […]

Legislature adjourns 2024 session Sine Die

The state Legislature concluded its brief yet consequential 2024 legislative session on Thursday afternoon, adopting an austere operating budget while approving notable policies relating to financial aid, opioid prevention on college campuses, and student athlete name, image, and likeness.  As is custom, gavels in each chamber fell simultaneously as the Legislature adjourned “sine die,” Olympia […]