Sequestration – Will They or Won’t They?

Here we go again. The next fiscal cliff  precipice approaches. What does it mean for Central?

Congress may or may not allow the cuts articulated in the sequestration agreement to take place. We’ve been to the fiscal cliff bluff before and a last-minute deal always sort of saves the day.

But  If the cuts do go into effect, it will take a while for most agencies and people to feel them. The budget reductions will go to federal agencies and be implemented from there—which likely would take several weeks or months.

Programs most likely to be affected on campus include TRiO programs (HEP CAMP GEAR UP, McNair, EOC) and Work Study.  These awards help prepare and provide services to under-represented students before and during college.  It appears Pell is protected, but sequestration likely would place at risk future efforts to maintain Pell’s ability to keep up with tuition hikes. .

With the able and pleasant assistance of Adrian, Heather, and Julie, we have a guesstimate of what CWU cuts might look like: 

  • TRIO – Potential cuts to the U.S. Department of Education discretionary programs HEP, CAMP, EOC, SSS, McNair and Gear Up are estimated at 5.1% (originally estimated at 8.2%) for FY14, a reduction of $163.416 in federal funds at CWU.  If this reduction were carried through each grant cycle, CWU would experience a loss of an estimated $643,503 over the course of the next five years.  If reductions come to fruition, grant programs will either have to reduce the number of students they serve or reduce the services being offered.
  •  National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health have not issued guidance on the proposed cuts below the agency level.  It has been reported that NSF and NIH’s research and development funds will be reduced by 5-8% for FY14. Currently, CWU has $8,929,151 and $467,976 in active NSF and NIH awards respectively (NSF note – $8.9m awards, $6.7m costs incurred, $2.2m budget available).

FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID REDUCTIONS

 Our financial aid pros were able to estimated sequestration cuts_by school, courtesy of the The National Assn. of Student Financial Aid Admnistrators. The estimate uses the Department of Education’s institutional-level formula elements for the 2013-14 tentative campus-based allocations. Estimates assume a 5.1 percent cut to the overall appropriation of each of these programs. This cut does not affect the level of base guarantees—only “fair share,” or need-based, increases are reduced. Programs that have a zero cut were not expecting a fair share increase.                                                    

  • CWU
  • SEOG allocation for 2014, $318,399  – cut of $13,981
  • FWS  allocation for 2014, $348,728 – cut of $410
  • EWU
  • SEOG allocation for 2014, $443,914 – no cut
  • FWS  allocation for 2014, $479,446 – cut of $15,152

 WWU

  • SEOG allocation for 2014, $537,215 – no cut 
  • FWS  allocation for 2014, $487,351 – no cut 

 Both CWU and WWU have promised to absorb these cuts for their students.  smiley

 

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Legislative “Cut-off” Spares Higher Ed Bills

Last Friday was the first in a series of legislative deadlines created to kills bills. Your bill doesn’t move forward by the time the clock strikes 5:00? It’s dead. Or relatively dead. Nothing is ever truly dead until the gavel comes down on the last day of session– or special session.

Following is your updated list of bills after last week’s cutoff for “policy” committees. Bills had to have been voted out of the committee where they started. The next deadline?  A glace at the “cut-off” calendar shows the next key date is March 1. Bills have to move out of the fiscal committees in the chamber where the bill started. The exceptions to the deadlines? Any bill that can be considered “necessary to implement the budget” (and that’s a pretty broad universe).

 

CWU HIGHER EDUCATION BILL WATCH

2/26/2013

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/  Bills marked with a * have moved forward in the process since the last bill update.

     

Bill

SUBJECT AREA / EFFECT

Status

 

ACADEMICS

 
HB 1320 Requiring an online higher education transfer and student advising system. House Approps
SB 5131 Providing tax incentives for donations of modern laboratory equipment to higher education institutions and vocational skills centers. Senate Ways & Means
HB 1866 Continues state funding for the Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation, under the joint operations of the UW and WSU. *House Approps
SB 5180 Establishes a legislative task force on improving access to higher education for students with disabilities. Senate Rules
HB 1858 Requires each institution of higher education to adopt a policy to award academic credit for military training. *House Rules
HB 1669 The BOT must notify students at least six months before establishing a new self-supporting, fee-based degree program or change a state-funded degree program to self support. *House Rules
SB 5559  Authorizing CWU to offer the educational specialist degree. *Senate Rules
 

BUSINESS

 
HB 1841 Authorizing electronic competitive bidding for state public works contracting House Capital
 

CAPITAL

 
HB 1405 Creating a competitive grant program for informal science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. DEAD House Capital
HB 1769

 

SB 5780

Increases the threshold for minor works projects from $2 million to $5 million, and for predesign from $5 million to $10 million for higher education institutions. Permits the regional universities to enter into financing contracts for real property, that are not subject to allotment or appropriation by the Legislature and are payable only from local fees and revenues. *House Rules

 

Senate Ways & Means

 

ENROLLMENT

 
HB 1739 Requiring guidelines for the percentage of resident, nonresident, and foreign students at institutions of higher education.

 

House Rules
 

FINANCIAL AID

 
HB 1453  Allows students carrying 3 quarter credits to be eligible for the State Need Grant *House Approps
HB 1817 Makes some undocumented students eligible for the State Need Grant and the College Bound Scholarship. House Approps
SB 5195  Allowing WGU to participate in the state need grant program. Senate Ways & Means
 

K-12 EDUCATION

 
HB 1208 Establishing a pilot program for the digital college in the high school. DEAD House Education
HB 1872

SB 5755

Establishing a comprehensive initiative to increase learning opportunities and improve educational outcomes in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through multiple strategies and statewide partnerships House Approps

*Senate Ways & Means

 

TUITION & FEES

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

 

*Senate 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 Ways & Means
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

 

DEAD 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. DEAD Senate Higher Ed
HB 1829 Restricts annual tuition increases for resident, undergraduates to no more than the rate of inflation through the 2018-19 academic year.

Removes the criteria for setting tuition relative to state funding and tuition at similar institutions in the Global Challenges states.

*House Rules
SB 5713 Concerning self-supporting, fee-based programs at PBIs. *Senate Rules
HB 1725  Creating the tuition support fund program. House Approps
 

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 Rules
SB 5318 Removing the one-year waiting period for veterans or active members of the military for purposes of eligibility for resident tuition. Senate Ways & Means
     
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CWU Kicks Off Week 6 with a Push for Science II Funding

Thanks to faculty, students, and our gov relations pros for a terrific Science II Day  in Olympia.  The roster of advocates included professors Mike Jackson, Bruce Palmquist, and Kirk Johnson, and students Joey LaBeau, Megan Ray, Ryan Corbin, and Trevor Kilburn. Of course, Ann and Steve, along with Pablo Gonzalez, organized the day and led the way.

They  met with legislators to tell them about the great need for Science Phase II and the wonderful advances it would generate in science education as well as in community and K-12 outreach. Last week I had similar conversations with the community leaders at the CWU Community Breakfast and the CWU Foundation board meeting. We’ve asked these folks to let state policymakers know they support this important project. It’s definitely time for everyone–including you, dear reader–to tap out an email, make a phone call, or write a letter. The competition for funds is, as always, very intense and we’ll need all the help we can get to move Science II forward. 

Meetings are done for our Ellensburg visitors, but the legislative session spins forward for Ann, Steve, and Pablo.  This week they’ll be meeting with Rep. Maxwell and senators Bailey, Frockt, Mullet, McAuliffe, and Baumgartner. Below, you can see which bills are moving forward in this final week to introduce bills.

CWU HIGHER EDUCATION BILL WATCH

2/18/2013

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/  Bills marked with a * have moved forward in the process since the last bill update.

Bill

SUBJECT AREA / EFFECT

Status

ACADEMICS

HB 1320 Requiring an online higher education transfer and student advising system. *House Appropriations
SB 5131 Providing tax incentives for donations of modern laboratory equipment to higher education institutions and vocational skills centers. *Senate Ways & Means
HB 1866 Continues state funding for the Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation, under the joint operations of the University of Washington and WSU. House Technology & Econ Dev.
SB 5180 Establishes a legislative task force on improving access to higher education for students with disabilities. *Senate Rules
HB 1858 Requires each institution of higher education to adopt a policy to award academic credit for military training. House Higher Ed
HB 1669 The BOT must notify students at least six months before establishing a new self-supporting, fee-based degree program or change a state-funded degree program to self support. House Higher Ed
SB 5559  Authorizing CWU to offer the educational specialist degree. *Senate Rules

BUSINESS

HB 1841 Authorizing electronic competitive bidding for state public works contracting

CAPITAL

HB 1405 Creating a competitive grant program for informal science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. House Capital
HB 1769 Increases the threshold for minor works projects from $2 million to $5 million, and for predesign from $5 million to $10 million for higher education institutions. Permits the regional universities to enter into financing contracts for real property, that are not subject to allotment or appropriation by the Legislature and are payable only from local fees and revenues. House Capital

ENROLLMENT

HB 1739 Requiring guidelines for the percentage of resident, nonresident, and foreign students at institutions of higher education.

FINANCIAL AID

HB 1453  Allows students carrying 3 quarter credits to be eligible for the State Need Grant House Higher Ed
HB 1817 Makes some undocumented students eligible for the State Need Grant and the College Bound Scholarship. *House Approps
SB 5195  Allowing WGU to participate in the state need grant program. *Senate Ways & Means

K-12 EDUCATION

HB 1208 Establishing a pilot program for the digital college in the high school. House Education
HB 1872SB 5755 Establishing a comprehensive initiative to increase learning opportunities and improve educational outcomes in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through multiple strategies and statewide partnerships House EducationSenate Early Learning

TUITION & FEES

HB 1043 Removes the authority for public baccalaureate institutions to set differential tuition rates for resident, undergraduate programs *Senate 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
HB 1829 Restricts annual tuition increases for resident, undergraduates to no more than the rate of inflation through the 2018-19 academic year.Removes the criteria for setting tuition relative to state funding and tuition at similar institutions in the Global Challenges states. House Appropriations
SB 5713 Concerning self-supporting, fee-based programs at PBIs. Senate Higher Ed
HB 1725 – Creating the tuition support fund program.

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 Rules
SB 5318 Removing the one-year waiting period for veterans or active members of the military for purposes of eligibility for resident tuition. Senate Ways & Means
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Gov. Inslee Proposes “Jobs” Plan for Washington

Governor Inslee today released a plan for “…revitalizing Washington’s economy, creating jobs and ensuring we have workers with the knowledge and skills to fill those jobs.”  It reads an awful lot like a budget….

The categories of strategies are Education, Improving the business climate, Advancing aerospace leadership, Clean energy, and Health care. Three of these might hold some opportunity for higher ed generally and CWU specifically.

Redundant strategies (the high demand pool of FTEs) are in “Educating a 21st century workforce” and “Advancing aerospace leadership.”

Inslee’s plan is “workforce-centric,” with heavy emphasis on technical and community college training. It also is very generous to WSU. However, it’s not easy to see how it supports the state goal in HB 1795 of an additional 6,000 baccalaureate degrees by 2020. But perhaps there will be a follow-up to this “jobs” plan.

Here is a snapshot of the proposal from a higher-ed perspective. 

Educating a 21st century workforce.

  1. Support 500 enrollment slots in high-demand aerospace training programs.
  2. Establish a “talent pipeline” from high school to community and technical college to career by expanding industry-developed high school skills programs and allow credits earned to transfer to college.
  3. Ensure instructors have the skills and knowledge to teach the latest technologies and manufacturing processes by funding “Return to Industry” grants across the 24 community and technical colleges that offer aerospace-related programs.
  4. Create a college-level STEM and aerospace enrollment pool. The six public universities will compete for enrollment funds by demonstrating the quality and effectiveness of their proposals.
  5. Establish an electrical engineering program in Everett through Washington State University.
  6. Support the STEM Education Innovation Alliance. This group representing the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, business, labor, nonprofits and STEM educators advises the Governor and provides the state with a vision and assistance for STEM education initiatives.

Advancing Washington’s aerospace leadership.

1. Continue the Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation that promotes industry / university collaborations in developing new technologies and performing research. Established by the Legislature in 2012, the center has awarded its first round of grants to 16 innovative research projects.

2. Position Washington to win the 777X and future Boeing programs by continuing funding for the Governor’s Office of Aerospace. Matched with outside contributions, the office can continue its work in analyzing, developing and implementing strategies to create aerospace-related jobs, including those for future commercial airplane assembly lines and components.

Clean energy, climate action and plentiful water.

  1. Invest to develop clean energy solutions
  2. Invest in clean energy and climate solutions for transportation
  3. Extend the electric vehicle fast-charging network across Interstate 90 and Highway 101
  4. Support increased production at the state’s biodiesel refineries and oilseed farms
  5. Establish a new Center of Excellence Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment at Washington State University
  6. Identify actions to achieve our greenhouse gas emissions limits
  7. Implement the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Management Plan
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Legislature Approaches First Deadline – Intensifies Focus on Tuition

It may surprise you to know that the legislature and public universities do agree on a few things. For instance, both believe that too many high school graduates come to college unprepared for post-secondary curriculum. Presumably, that’s why the House is hearing a bill (HB 1656) that rearranges the graduation requirements. However, instead of a more focused set of requirements, beginning with the class of 2017, students would have something to say about what satisfies required college credits.

Here’s what the bill proposes:

  • Four English credits;
  • Three mathematics credits, but students will be able to choose one of the credits
  • Three social studies credits;
  • Two science credits;
  • Two credits in health and fitness;
  • One credit in the arts;
  • One credit in occupational education; and
  • Six credits in a “career concentration,” which students would select.

Students who intend to enroll directly in a four-year college or university would be encouraged but not required to select the following courses as his or her “career concentration”:

  • One additional science credit;
  • One additional credit in the arts;
  • Two credits in world languages; and
  • Two elective credits.

The Legislature is focused intently on stopping or slowing down tuition increases. Although it’s not clear that stopping cuts to higher education is one of the strategies.  Check out the bill table below to see just seven of the many bills that are attempting to hold down the cost of education. One may hope that one strategy will be to provide state funding for higher education.

Committee activity is extremely intense this week as the legislature closes in on the deadline for discussing new bills. The “cut-off” calendar drives legislative activity by articulating deadlines that come faster and faster, killing any bills along the way that haven’t moved forward in the process. The first deadline is Feb. 22. It’s the last day for the policy committees to hear bills. The fiscal committees get a few extra days for their work–then everyone heads to the floor of the Senate or House where the entire body votes on the bills that have made it through the large-mesh screen called the legislative process.

 

CWU HIGHER EDUCATION BILL WATCH

February 10, 2013

Welcome to the CWU Bill Watch. This table spotlights bills of particular interest to the university. Bills that have moved forward are marked with a *

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 Appropriations
HB 1544 Authorizing educational specialist degrees at Central Washington University and Western Washington University.  *House Higher Ed
HB 1614  Authorizing applied doctorate level degrees in audiology at Western Washington University. House Ways & Means
SB 5131 Providing tax incentives for donations of modern laboratory equipment to higher education institutions and vocational skills centers. *Senate Ways & Means
SB 5180 Establishes a legislative task force on improving access to higher education for students with disabilities. Senate Higher Ed
SB 5624 – Aligning high-demand secondary STEM or career and technical education programs with applied baccalaureate programs. (If measure is referred to committee.) *Senate Higher Ed

CAPITAL

HB 1405 Creating a competitive grant program for informal science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. House Capital
HB 1466 Revising alternative public works contracting procedures. House Capital

ENROLLMENT

HB 1739 Requiring trustees to set guidelines for the percentage of resident, non-resident, and foreign students. House Higher Ed

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

GOVERNANCE

HB 1048 Adds two members to the WSAC representingworkforce training and early learning. House Higher Ed

K-12 EDUCATION

HB 1208 Establishing a pilot program for the digital college in the high school. House Education
HB 1562 Requiring funding for professional development for K-12 teachers. House Education
SB 5278 Establishes a pilot program providing a 10% salary bonus for teachers of math, science, or special education. Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education
HB 1656 Establishing statewide high school graduation requirements that permit increased flexibility for students to select courses based on their interests and plans. House Education

TUITION

HB 1043 Removes the authority for public baccalaureate institutions to set differential tuition rates for resident, undergraduate programs. *House Appropriations
S-0713.1 Creating a tuition surcharge on tuition charged to international students to be deposited in the Washington advanced college tuition payment program account Senate Higher Ed
HB 1624  Restricting tuition increases for resident undergraduate students at four-year institutions of higher education. 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
HB 1626 Aligning the higher education financial aid process with in-state tuition requirements. House Higher Ed
HB 1725  Establishes the tuition support fund program to provide financial support to students who cannot afford to enroll in or continue their postsecondary program. House 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 5318 Removing the one-year waiting period for veterans or active members of the military for purposes of eligibility for resident tuition. *Senate Ways & Means


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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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Senate Dems Propose 50/50 Cost Split

Senate Democrats, the acting minority party, held a news  conference today to lay out their higher education agenda designed to “hold the line on tuition.”  Democrats said they wanted to shoot for a 50-50 state-student share of costs.

Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle is proposing two measures:

  • Senate Bill 5420 which enacts a two-year freeze on tuition IF the state provides no less than $225 million for the six public baccalaureates.
  • Senate Bill 5421 which finds that there is increasing demand for postsecondary and Declares that the policy of the state is to: (1) Improve the access to and the quality of this state’s postsecondary educational system; and (2) Provide a level of fiscal commitment to the postsecondary educational system commensurate with the responsibility of the state to the educational and professional improvement of its citizens and work force.

Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle has proposed Senate Bill 5390, which would provide incentive funding to institutions that demonstrate improvement on existing performance measures. The proposal also requires the state budget office, OFM,  to convene a “technical incentive funding model task force” to design an incentive funding model to support the incentive program.

The next step in the legislative process is to get the Republican committee chair to give the bills a hearing and perhaps even to vote on them.

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