Moi received the following e-mail alert:
Dear Friend of WSU,
Through this email, you will be able to access a copy of Washington State University’s 2011 legislative agenda.
The outcome of the current session will be absolutely vital to the future of our university. Given the importance of the issues facing our state and our university, we want to make certain that all of our constituents—members of the Board of Regents, Board of Trustees, Board of Governors, alumni, donors, faculty, staff, and students—have a shared understanding of WSU’s positions and priorities.
If you have any questions or suggestions, you can contact Colleen Kerr, associate vice president for external affairs and chief legislative officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-218-3807.
Thank you for taking the time to read and to share this information. I greatly appreciate all that you do to support WSU; your continued support is particularly important at this critical juncture for our university.
Elson S. Floyd, Ph.D.
President, Washington State University
Here is the 2011 Legislative Agenda
Top Priority: Protect Higher Education for Washington Students
WSU has been a model for prioritization by reorganizing itself and making hard choices to best protect students and functions that support the university’s core mission. This has occurred in an environment in which higher education budgets have been slashed like no other functional area of state government.
The elimination of 30 percent of WSU’s state appropriation over the past 18 months has forced the elimination of entire academic programs, hundreds of jobs, and over 1,000 courses. Today, WSU educates 25 percent more students than it did 10 years ago with a smaller appropriation, while absorbing a decade¹s worth of inflation and rising health care costs.
Further cuts to our operating budget will require the university to reexamine whether to put new limits on total enrollment while admitting more nonresident students, putting at risk core priorities WSU has fought fiercely to protect for years.
Establish a Long-Term Financing Plan
Tuition rates have soared in recent years to the detriment of Washington students, parents and families and have only partially offset deep budget cuts.
WSU will seek legislation to establish a funding baseline, with performance and accountability measures, to formally index tuition rates to the amount of state support that is provided to ensure that baseline is met. This would help WSU keep its doors open to Washington students, produce degrees needed by Washington’s employers, and deliver the kind of overall excellence that drives Washington¹s economy.
Institutional Flexibility and Regulatory Relief
WSU supports the “Complete to Compete” endeavor to drive performance and accountability.
The university will support regulatory relief legislation to make it more nimble by relieving it of duplicative reporting requirements, overly stringent limits on contracting and purchasing, and other constraints. This no-cost measure will allow WSU to stretch its dollars even further.
Building for the Future
WSU requests $70.8 million to construct the Riverpoint Biomedical and Health Sciences Building in the heart of Spokane¹s burgeoning $6 billion health care industry. Home to co-located programs with UW and EWU, the facility will house programs to train more doctors, dentists and pharmacists, increasing access to health care in rural communities while producing a $2.1 billion return on investment.
WSU requests $5.8 million to design a new Clean Technology Building at the Pullman campus to support this high-demand, new economy field for which the university is already nationally recognized. The facility will house research and education in areas including air quality, power grid management, environmental engineering, and new renewable energy technologies.
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