2018 Legislative Agenda

The Council of Faculty seeks to establish a well-educated citizenry, enable a well-trained workforce, give all students the chance to reach their potential, and ensure a healthy, prosperous future for the state of Washington.

The following agenda items (as of 21 January 2018) represent our priority actions for the 2018 legislative session, and beyond:

  • Fully Fund the State Need Grant (In 2017 approximately 24,000 students eligible for SNG did not receive it due to funding shortages).
  • Restore State Work Study funding (state contribution in 2009 was $21.9 million. Last year’s funding was $7.8 million).
  • Restore Compensation Funding for university personnel to the same percent in the biennial increases provided other state personnel.

Issues of Concern

  • DACA—We share the positions taken by the Council of Presidents (COP), community and technical colleges, the Independent Colleges of Washington, and the Washington Student Achievement Council.
  • University faculty serving on an advisory board for the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC)
  • Maximize funding effectiveness for journal  acquisitions by university libraries
  • Net neutrality, with respect to how it affects access, speed of internet,and cost at our institutions of higher learning