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Olympia update: Legislators negotiate compromise
April 14, 2009

The Legislature is now moving into a critical phase as budget writers are negotiating the differences between House and Senate budget versions with just 13 days of session remaining.


Never have the stakes been higher than in the budget discussions. Legislative leaders are talking now to resolve a $47.4 million difference between the House and Senate budgets for just Washington State University. The House budget (Substitute House Bill 1244) cuts 29 percent of state funding from WSU or $151.4 million. The Senate budget (Senate Bill 5600) reduces the WSU state budget by 20 percent or about $104 million.


WSU announced today that … » More …

Academic self-reviewsnow up for viewing
March 26, 2008

Self-reviews completed by individual program units as part of the Academic Affairs Program Prioritization (AAPP) process are now online at

Members of the WSU community are encouraged to read the reports and comment on them. All comments posted by April 3 will be forwarded to the phase II task force which has been charged with making recommendations regarding which programs should be targeted for growth and investment, which should be maintained at current levels and which should be either consolidated or phased out.

The website has links to 135 reports that arrived in a variety of formats including Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and … » More …

Student regent named; Forgette reappointed
September 5, 2007

William (Billy) Gordon, a WSU senior majoring in psychology and finance, has been named the student member of the WSU Board of Regents for the 2007-2008 academic year.

Gordon’s selection as WSU’s tenth student regent was made last month by Gov. Christine Gregoire. The appointment runs through June 30, 2008.

The governor also announced the reappointment of Francois Forgette of Kennewick to a six-year term on the board ending September 2013.


A native of Ellensburg, Gordon has served as an Associated Students of WSU senator and a member of the … » More …

Senate committee releases proposed operating budget
March 29, 2007

The state Senate Ways & Means Committee released its proposed operating budget on Wednesday, March 28. The budget provides significant new funding for health care education, math and science education, and bioproducts technology. In addition, it addresses most of the priorities contained in the WSU budget request, but creates a significant funding problem by assuming tuition revenue will be available to fund salary increases. When tuition and state funds are considered, the Senate budget provides less funding than either the Governor’s or the House’s proposed budget passed earlier in the week. The proposed Senate budget differs from the other budgets in the following ways: * … » More …

Faculty Senate leveraging recognition for part-timers
April 22, 2005

Nearly a third of WSU’s faculty members have been working without recognition, representation or job security, but the Faculty Senate is laboring to change that. As a result of current discussions, temporary faculty members stand to gain both a voice and a vote by electing eight representatives to the Faculty Senate over the next few years.When professor R. Wes Leid arrived at WSU in 1980, there were very few temporary instructors (in 1988 the percentage was 20 percent). Now chairman of the Faculty Affairs Committee, Leid says instructors on temporary appointments make up almost a third of the teaching and research faculty, and he doesn’t … » More …

House’s proposed operating budget friendlier
April 7, 2005

House Appropriations Committee chair Helen Sommers released her version of the operating budget on Wednesday, April 6. The House budget is much friendlier to higher education and Washington State University than the Senate budget. The House proposal would provide WSU with $19 million more funding than the Senate. It is also better than the budgets proposed by either Governor Locke or Governor Gregoire.Operating BudgetThe House budget has no budget cuts.  The Senate budget cuts WSU’s base budget by $2.1 million.  The House budget has no tuition offsets. The Senate budget would cut state funds by $14.6 million to offset half of the additional tuition students … » More …

Six university presidents say Senate budget falls short
March 30, 2005

(Based on a press release from the Council of Presidents)The presidents of six Washington public universities and colleges, having reviewed the recently proposed Senate budget, said Tuesday, March 29, that they preferred Gov. Gregoire’s budget. The Council of Presidents, in a press release, stated that they “appreciate that state Senate budget writers proposed a fiscal plan that funds salary increases for faculty and staff and adds 4,000 more enrollment opportunities for students in their system.” However, that budget proposal “falls short” in comparison to Gregoire’s proposal, which it described as providing “a positive and straightforward commitment to fund higher education.”COP expressed particular concern that the Senate … » More …

Election upends tradition
April 9, 2004

Washington State University’s annual Faculty Senate election took a surprise turn April 1, when a self-nominated candidate captured the chairmanship, upending an unwritten but unbroken tradition in which the sitting vice chair was routinely voted in as the next chair. Chuck Pezeshki, an associate professor in mechanical engineering completing his second three-year term as a faculty senator, defeated Cindy Kaag, the lead librarian at Owens Science and Engineering Library and the Faculty Senate vice chair, by a vote of 29-26. Later the same day, the Faculty Senate ended any chance the same thing would happen again by approving an amendment to its constitution. Ron Brosemer, … » More …