Legislation To Watch

 

 

CWU HIGHER EDUCATION BILL WATCH

1/31/2013

Welcome to the CWU Bill Watch. This table spotlights bills of particular interest to the university. For comprehensive bill information please see http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/

     

Bill

SUBJECT AREA / EFFECT

Status

 

ACADEMICS

 
HB 1320 Requiring an online higher education transfer and student advising system. House Higher Ed
SB 5131 Providing tax incentives for donations of modern laboratory equipment to higher education institutions and vocational skills centers. Senate Higher Ed
SB 5180 Establishes a legislative task force on improving access to higher education for students with disabilities. Senate Higher Ed
TBD  Authorizing CWU to offer the educational specialist degree. Senate Higher Ed
 

CAPITAL

 
HB 1405 Creating a competitive grant program for informal science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. House Capital
 

FINANCIAL AID

 
HB 1453  Allows students carrying 3 quarter credits to be eligible for the State Need Grant House Higher Ed
SB 5195  Allowing WGU to participate in the state need grant program. Senate Higher Ed
 

K-12 EDUCATION

 
HB 1208 Establishing a pilot program for the digital college in the high school. House Education
 

TUITION

 
HB 1043 Removes the authority for public baccalaureate institutions to set differential tuition rates for resident, undergraduate programs

 

House Higher Ed
SB 5420 Enacts a two-year freeze on tuition IF the state provides no less than $225 million for the six public baccalaureates. Senate Higher Ed
SB 5421  Declares that the policy of the state is to: 1) Improve the access to and the quality of postsecondary education; and 2) Provide a level of fiscal commitment commensurate with the responsibility of the state to the educational and professional improvement of its citizens

 

Senate Higher Ed
SB 5390 Provides incentive funding to institutions that demonstrate improvement on existing performance measures. Requires OFM  to convene a “technical incentive funding model task force” to design an incentive funding model to support the incentive program. Senate Higher Ed
 

VETERANS

 
HB 1109 Requiring institutions of higher education that offer an early course registration period to provide early registration for eligible veterans and national guard members. House Higher Ed
SB 5179 Removing the one-year waiting period for veterans or active members of the military for purposes of eligibility for resident tuition.

 

House Higher Ed
SB 5318 Removing the one-year waiting period for veterans or active members of the military for purposes of eligibility for resident tuition. Senate Higher Ed
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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 schactler@cwu.edu, 509-963-1384, or on her cell phone, 509-607-4103.
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