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WSU paces trend of more state funding
January 7, 2005

State support for postsecondary education crept higher nationwide this fiscal year, according to a nationwide survey, and WSU paralleled that trend.In the budgets that states adopted for the 2004-2005 fiscal year, total appropriations for higher education rose by 3.8 percent, to $63 billion, from the year before, said a survey conducted by the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University. Survey results were reported in a recent issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.At WSU, the operating budget for 2003-2004 was $186,232,200, said Joan King, associate budget director-operations. The operating budget for 2004-2005 rose to $191,246,000 or an increase of about … » More …

High-demand programs nab $1.9 million in state funding
July 23, 2004

The Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved more than $1.9 million in funding for high-demand programs at Washington State University for the 2004-2005 academic year.The state budget allocated $3.56 million to increase enrollment in high-demand fields at Washington’s four-year colleges and universities during the upcoming academic year. WSU programs in management information systems, bioengineering, nursing, English as a second language, special education and prescience and prehealth science programs received shares of the money.The University of Washington, Eastern Washington University, Central Washington University and the Evergreen State College also received funding through the program.WSU programs that received funding include:* the bachelor’s degree program in management … » More …

Researchers receive funding from technology center
July 14, 2004

SEATTLE —  From contamination detection to cattle waste, semiconductors to sawmill residue, six Washington companies have teamed with researchers from Washington State University to conduct critical research as a result of funding awards from the Washington Technology Center.WTC’s Research & Technology Development (RTD) program awards more than $1 million annually to university researchers working with emerging technology companies on projects that show potential for commercial success. Proposals are evaluated on the basis of technical merit, economic impact and commercial viability. The financing assistance is designed to help the companies advance specific R&D efforts that will enable them to enter or advance in the commercial marketplace … » More …

State funding may focus on degrees not enrollment
May 25, 2004

The state’s Higher Education Coordinating Board met May 20 at Washington State University’s Vancouver campus to review and update its master plan. The discussion focused on three concepts:* Restructuring state funding to colleges and universities based on the number of students graduated, rather than the number enrolled* Creating three-year options for baccalaureate degrees* Improving the process through which students transfer from two-year colleges to four-year universitiesFor a more complete story, see the article in The Columbian newspaper at http://www.columbian.com/05212004/clark_co/147429.html.

Nation’s decision makers learn about WSU strengths
February 23, 2004

Washington State University research will make the most of its time to shine in the national spotlight next week, as university representatives host a reception in Washington, D.C., and deliver federal requests to the state’s congressional delegation.“The purpose of the Feb. 24 reception is to communicate with those who influence opinions of many in D.C. about the significance that WSU research and scholarship have on the nation,” said Jim Petersen, vice provost for research. Those confirming plans to attend include lawmakers and corporate and federal agency representatives. Those attending will learn more about WSU research programs in which the federal government has significant interest, Petersen … » More …

Washington technology funding
January 14, 2004

SEATTLE, Wash. — The Washington Technology Center awarded more than $400,000 in funding support to nine companies across the state to help support its research and development programs. Three of those involve Washington State University research efforts.Each year through its Research and Technology Development program, WTC awards more than $1 million to joint-research projects between university researchers and companies in Washington.This round of diverse projects supports advances in ceramic heating elements, the remote operation of unmanned aerial vehicles, radiographic imaging, environmentally-friendly plastic disposable food packaging, scanned beam displays, a diagnosis of bovine tuberculosis, composting from waste materials, ultrasonic power toothbrushes and drying fruit for cereal. … » More …

Research nets $400,000 for companies, universities
January 14, 2004

SEATTLE, Wash. — The Washington Technology Center awarded more than $400,000 in funding support to nine companies across the state to help support its research and development programs. Three of those involve Washington State University research efforts.Each year through its Research and Technology Development program, WTC awards more than $1 million to joint-research projects between university researchers and companies in Washington. This round of diverse projects supports advances in ceramic heating elements, the remote operation of unmanned aerial vehicles, radiographic imaging, environmentally-friendly plastic disposable food packaging, scanned beam displays, a diagnosis of bovine tuberculosis, composting from waste materials, ultrasonic power toothbrushes and drying fruit for … » More …

Gov. Locke releases supplemental budget
December 18, 2003

Gov. Gary Locke proposed a supplemental state budget Thursday, Dec. 18, designed to boost Washington’s economy by investing in state colleges and universities. WSU’s Director of Planning and Budgeting Karl Boehmke said that if the proposal were approved, it “could mark the best supplemental budget in many years.”Locke said his proposed $192.7 million general fund supplemental budget would open classroom doors to thousands more college students, while targeting other top priorities from rural health care to the cost of recent natural disasters.The majority of the operating-budget covers caseload-driven costs, higher public school enrollments, more social services clients, an increasing state prison population and the cost … » More …

Demos propose trust fund
April 11, 2003

(Taken from a press release from Gov. Gary Locke’s office that appeared at press time.)>Gov. Gary Locke, state House Speaker Frank Chopp and Senate Minority Leader Lisa Brown have proposed a dedicated trust fund that will provide new funding to stabilize and strengthen Washington public schools, colleges and universities now and in the years to come. With legislative approval, the Washington Education Trust Fund will be funded by a menu of possible revenue sources being examined by the governor and Democratic legislative leadership. Details will be part of the state budget proposal coming soon from the House of Representatives. The trust is intended to grow … » More …

Olympia and WSU
March 21, 2003

Fiscally speaking, these are the darkest days in more than two decades, as the Legislature faces a $2.5 billion budget deficit that may expand. Yet, there are those who talk of renovation and restoration of state government and building for the next generation. Washington State University and the University of Washington have tried to point to the future, urging legislators to protect core operating budget programs and make prudent investments to secure a bright future for us all. Mike Skinner, director of the WSU Center for Reproductive Biology, shared the fruits from university faculty with economic development and appropriations committees earlier in the session. He … » More …