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Written by: kmurphy
Monday, May 3, 2010 

This past week, UW President Mark Emmert announced that he would be resigning to take a position at the NCAA next fall. His announcement comes at a time when UW is in the midst of a bit of turmoil, where one third of the state-funded budget has been cut in the past year. President Emmert has been instrumental in fundraising efforts for the cash-strapped university and there are concerns over this loss as well as further anticipated budget cuts. He has also been a big advocate for the athletic program, instrumental in hiring top faculty as well as working towards making the UW an entrepreneurial university.

Where does the university go from here? Phillip Ballinger, VP for Enrollment and Admissions, estimates that a greater percentage of non-resident students will need to fill that financial gap. Currently 27% of those enrolled are non-resident but that number is projected to rise to 33% by 2015. Washington resident students pay $7,700 for tuition, while non-residents pay $24,400, nearly three times as much. These non-resident students will help subsidize the tuition of resident students.

According to The Seattle Times, there are a few other concepts being tossed around, in order to pay the bills. Starting this summer, UW will implement a new budgeting system where a student's tuition goes directly to their college and state money will go to administrative costs. This could eventually lead UW to charge students more for certain programs and cut those that are too expensive to run. UW also hopes to attract more researchers and make it an inviting place for business – they are hoping to foster a relationship like Stanford has to Google, or the University of Florida and Gatorade.

There are big shoes to fill at UW and an uphill battle to meet the bottle line.




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