Washington’s Public Four Year Institutions Release Proposal for Investment in Higher Education

Today Washington’s public four-year universities are asking the Legislature to bolster sagging state investment in higher education in order to freeze resident undergraduate tuition for the first time in a quarter century.

The proposal asks for a $225 million investment in state funding for the 2013-15 biennium to sustain current enrollment levels and build capacity to expand access in the state’s public baccalaureate system.  In exchange the institutions would implement a tuition freeze for resident undergraduate tuition for the next two years.

This investment would support Evergreen’s basic needs and make an initial investment in sustaining and building capacity for student success. This would also provide Evergreen the necessary funds to build upon the quality of academic programs and improve student success, sustain and improve student recruitment and retention efforts through improved research capacity and investments in academic advising and financial aid as well as targeted support for entering students. In addition these funds would provide support to establish a dedicated Veterans Center at the College and increase support for the College’s science curriculum.

The investment by the state would be disbursed to the institutions on a pro-rata basis. Evergreen’s portionwould be $8.3 million.

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