Regent Marroquin confirmed by Senate

Isaac Marroquin was confirmed today as the Student Regent for Washington State University, following a unanimous vote from the state Senate. Marroquin is pursuing a master’s degree in education at WSU, having graduated with his bachelor’s degree in English from the WSU Tri-Cities campus in the spring of 2023. There, he was elected and served […]

Senate approves WSU-backed NIL bill 47-1

The state Senate today approved legislation that would authorize certain university employees to provide greater guidance to student athletes seeking to benefit from the use of the name, image and likeness. Senate Bill 5913 was approved 47-1 and now heads to the House. WSU testified in support of the bill earlier this month. The measure […]

Dowd appointed to The Science Coalition board

Jacob Dowd, assistant director of federal relations at WSU, has been elected to the Board of Directors for The Science Coalition (TSC), a nonpartisan organization which advocates for federal support for scientific research. As a member of the board, Dowd will position WSU in key conversations as TSC works with member institutions to articulate the […]

WSU President engages governor, lawmakers in Olympia

WSU President Kirk Schulz spent last week advocating for WSU’s legislative priorities over a rigorous three-day stretch. The visit to Olympia included a meeting with Governor Jay Inslee at the outset of the week. President Schulz met with the governor along with Regents Marty Dickinson and Jenette Ramos to discuss the status of collegiate athletics […]

Coug Day at the Capitol

Dozens of WSU students flooded the rainy state Capitol grounds today to press their priorities as part of the annual Coug Day at the Capitol. Students from throughout the WSU system returned in force before dawn this morning. Top agenda items for the 95 meetings on their schedules today included legislation extending terms of the […]

Then and now: College debt falling at WSU

Fewer WSU students are taking out loans and graduating with loan debt and average debts are falling since the state began its campaign to enhance college affordability in 2015.  The Great Recession drove the Legislature to increase tuition at WSU by 75 percent over four years in order to partially mitigate a near halving of […]

State revenues stay flat

In its January monthly update, the state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council announced last week that tax collections from the months of December and January came in $62.2 million or one percent above what was forecasted in November.   For the month of January, collections decreased by 4.1 percent or $99.1 million due to lower […]

State NIL bill clears Senate committee

A bill that would provide clarity necessary for certain university employees to advise and support student athletes pursuing activities that include their name, image and likeness advanced out of committee today with a unanimous vote. SB 5913 was heard earlier this week in the Senate State Government & Tribal Relations committee, where WSU testified in […]

WSU-backed NIL bill heard in state Senate.

Legislation that would empower certain university employees to provide greater guidance to student athletes seeking to benefit from the use of their name, image and likenesses has been scheduled for a committee vote Friday after being heard in the Senate yesterday. The NCAA adopted guidelines in 2021 that allow individuals to engage in NIL activities […]

WSU testifies on Governor’s proposed operating budget

WSU was on the hill Monday and Tuesday to testify on the governor’s proposed operating budget as it was heard in the House Appropriations and the Senate Ways and Means committees. Chris Mulick, WSU Director of State Relations, briefed both committees on WSU’s negotiations of its first contract with a newly organized academic student employee union. Mulick […]