Ready, Set, Launch: 2013 Session Begins

The legislature will convenes Monday, Jan. 14. The week will be filled with “States of …” the state, the judiciary, and education. Newly elected officials will be sworn in while some (including the governor) are still struggling to find staff.

The agenda for the upcoming week in the House Higher Ed Committee is here; the Senate Higher Ed committee is here.

In  House Higher Education there will be presentation to introduce the members of the Washington Student Achievement Council, the successor to the Higher Education Coordinating Board. Then tudents will begin the presentations related to “Higher Education Policy Priorities” for 2013.

Following on Wednesday and Thursday the committee will meet the public baccalaureate institutions, the community and technical colleges, the faculty and
staff, and the state agencies. It will be a chance to get to know new
members on the committee (there will be 19 in total) and also to present
higher education policy priorities.

Ann Anderson, our director of government relations, will present CWU’s priorities: in the operating budget, this includes cost-of-living adjustments and support for academic programs in high-demand by the aerospace industry. In the capital budget, this includes construction of Science Phase II  and the Samuelson Communications and Technology Cente; renovation funding for  Peterson Hall, Brooks Library,and  upgrading utilities needed to support Science and Samuelson; and funding to design a facility for the department of Nutrition, Health, and Exercise Science.

Another priority is amending statute to allow CWU to offer an Education Specialist degree. More info on that next time.






About Linda Schactler

Linda is the former Director of Communications for the Washington State Senate, and former deputy director of the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board. From 2000 through 2010 Linda was the proprietor of Schactler Communications, an Olympia-based public affairs business. She holds a master of arts in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Linda can be reached at her Ellensburg office, 509-963-1384, or on her cell phone, 509-607-4103.
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