The State of the Union Address and Washington State University

It was a busy week on Capitol Hill this week as Congress prepares to adjourn for the President’s Day Break.  Members will travel home to meet with constituents this weekend.  On Tuesday, President Obama gave his first State of the Union address in his second term.   Throughout the 59 minute speech the President outlined a […]

Priority efficiency bill passed out of committee

The House Higher Education Committee this morning advanced House Bill 1769, a priority bill for the higher education sector. The bill would create efficiencies in the WSU capital budget by allowing small maintenance, preservation and safety projects to be completed faster. It also would help intermediate projects be completed within a single two-year budget cycle, […]

Tax collections dip only slightly

An expected dip in monthly state tax collections was modest and overall revenues since the state’s last forecast remain better than expected. Collections during the Jan. 11 through Feb. 10 period were $8.4 million lower than forecasted in November. But it had been anticipated since the previous two monthly reports showed solid revenue growth beyond […]

WSU responds to Washington’s industry needs

The Senate Higher Education committee on Thursday conducted a work session to hear higher education’s response to the industry needs in Washington. On Tuesday, the Senate committee heard presentations from various industry representatives discussing their needs from the higher education graduates of Washington state to meet demands. You can watch WSU’s response below.

WSU gives lawmakers overview of agricultural research program federal funding

The Senate Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development committee Thursday held a work session to discuss the status of the federal funding WSU receives for its agricultural research programs. Dan Bernardo, WSU Vice President for Agriculture and Extension and Dean of the College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS), provided the committee an […]

Legislation would form student advisory committee

On Wednesday, the House Higher Education committee heard public testimony on House Bill 1331, which would permit higher education student associations to form an advisory committee to advise the institution’s administration on issues that affect student access and success, such as tuition and fees. The legislation would require higher ed. administrators to make information available […]

Bill would remove ability to set differential tuition

The House Higher Education committee heard public testimony Tuesday concerning House Bill 1043 which would remove the authority for public baccalaureate institutions to set differential tuition rates for resident, undergraduate programs. The Legislature in 2011 granted differential tuition setting authority for high cost programs under House Bill 1795. You can find our previous coverage regarding […]

Senate Dems say halt tuition, reinvest in higher ed

In a press conference Tuesday, Senate Democrats proposed a plan to freeze tuition for two years and shift back to a 50/50 funding model that would split the cost to attend college evenly between state support and tuition. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has the story here. Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, is the prime sponsor of Senate […]

Washington State University and the 2013 Inauguration

The past week has been a whirlwind here in Washington DC with the 2013 inauguration activities.  The town was abuzz as hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world descended upon the city, at times bringing traffic to a stop.  The Washington State University (WSU) Federal Relations Office had the opportunity to host […]

Lawmakers learn about WSU Global Campus

The Senate Higher Education committee Thursday held a work session to discuss online education at institutions of higher education where WSU Vice President of Global Campus David Cillay presented an overview of WSU’s online program. You can view Cillay’s presentation below.