OPBlog: Higher Ed Junction
UW is Most Innovative Public University in the World and “Best Bang for the Buck” Among Western Schools
Reuters recently ranked the UW as the fourth most innovative university in the world among public and private institutions, surpassed only by Stanford, MIT and Harvard. When looking at public institutions alone, however, the UW topped the list.
As the Seattle Times noted, “The ranking takes into account academic papers, which indicate basic research performed at a university, and patent filings and successes, which point to an institution’s interest in protecting and commercializing its discoveries.”
In addition to the innovation ranking, Washington Monthly recently ranked UW Seattle as the #1 “Best Bang for the Buck” among Western institutions. Institutions are scored on “’Net’ (not sticker) price, how well they do graduating the students they admit, and whether those students go on to earn at least enough to pay off their loans.” For more information about the “Best Bang for the Buck” rankings, please see the companion article.
UW Profiles – a set of dynamic, web-based data dashboards – recently received The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) Best Practices Award. This award is widely considered to be the business intelligence industry’s most prestigious honor.
OPB’s Institutional Analysis team developed UW Profiles, in collaboration with UW IT’s Enterprise Data & Analytics team, and formally launched the site in fall 2013. UW Profiles allows users to explore core UW data through 21 visual dashboards that display summary, comparison and trend data.
Campus Technology Innovators also honored UW Profiles, calling it “an intuitive, user-friendly portal that provides a single point of access to data and visualizations for faculty and staff.”
Congratulations to Institutional Analysis and to all those who worked hard to make UW Profiles a reality!
Under the “Briefs” tab of the OPB website, you will find the 2015 Bill Summary, which provides a list of all the bills we tracked during the 2015 legislative session that passed into law. Links to veto messages are displayed for any bills that were partially vetoed by the Governor.
Of the 538 bills that OPB tracked during the 2015 session, 74 passed into law.
As a reminder, any bill that did not pass into law during the regular session will be reintroduced at the beginning of the supplemental session, next year.
Leadership in both House and Senate passed a Compromise Operating budget in the form of Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6052.
All of Higher education including financial aid would receive $3.5 billion of Near General Fund (NGF) for the biennium which is 9.2 percent of the overall NGF appropriation of $38.2 billion.
The compromise budget adopts the provision in Second Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5954 reduces operating fee portion of resident undergrad tuition at all public higher education institutions. In 2015-16, resident undergraduate operating fees at all public institutions are to be 5 percent below the 2014-15 rates. In 2016-17, resident undergraduate operating fees at the state universities (the UW and WSU) are to be 15 percent below the 2014-15 rates; at the regional universities, they are to be 20 percent below the 2014-15 rates; and at the community and technical colleges, they are to be held at 5 percent of the 2014-15 rates.
This budget provides a partial funding of $27 million towards compensation increase of 3% for FY16 and 1.8% for FY17 and this budget also provides a small funding for Collective bargaining Agreements with WFSE and SEIU.
Listed below are some of the Key funding’s provided by this budget;
Computer Science – $6 million over the biennium to increase bachelor’s degrees awarded in Computer Science.
WWAMI – $9 million over the biennium to continue operations in Spokane.
Family Practice Medicine Residency Network – $8 million over the biennium to fund additional medical residencies.
O&M Funding -$1.76 million over the biennium to cover maintenance costs for UW Bothell’s Discovery Hall.
The legislature also passed the final Capital Bill. For more details on the Operating and Capital budget please refer our OPB Brief.
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