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.
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.