Olympia update: Legislators negotiate compromise

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 […]

Academic self-reviewsnow up for viewing

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 […]

Student regent named; Forgette reappointed

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 […]

Senate committee releases proposed operating budget

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 […]

Faculty Senate leveraging recognition for part-timers

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 […]

House’s proposed operating budget friendlier

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 […]

Six university presidents say Senate budget falls short

(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 […]

Election upends tradition

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 […]