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How $$$ Flows Into UW & What It Pays For

Did you know that the University of Washington’s total university operating budget is a staggering $8.25 billion? I didn’t until I had the opportunity to read the 64-page FY20 Operating Budget as a member of the Senate Committee on Planning and Budgeting (SCPB). This massive number summarizes the BIG PICTURE and includes all of UW Medicine, the auxillary activities of Bothell and Tacoma, annual gifts/endowments funds and research.

Closer to home, the number that matters most is $1.08 billion, which is a portion of the bigger number listed above. This is UW’s General Operating Fund, aka “GOF,” and is made up of tuition revenue and state appropriations. This part of the budget is what most people would think of as “the University.” While I wouldn’t describe the document as light reading, I encourage you to read it if you really want to get into the weeds of how money flows into the university and what it pays for.

And in case that’s not enough, here’s a great Powerpoint our President used last year to show how we compare with our peers — note that it’s a year old and needs to be updated to reflect 2019 numbers, but you’ll get the picture. Reading both documents helped me understand our own College’s opportunities and constraints given the larger context of university funding, higher education funding within our state and how we compare with our national peers. My key takeaways include:

  • While $1.08 billion is a massive number, we have three main campuses, a medical school in Spokane and other facilities around the state. And this budget supports the education of around 50,000 students and salaries of thousands of faculty and staff.
  • As recently as 2003, one-third of GOF was funded by tuition and two-thirds by state appropriations; today it’s reversed.
  • The UW is ALL ALONE amongst the country’s top public universities in being at the very bottom in terms of state funding AND in the lowest third of in-state undergraduate tuition.
  • Compared to our peers, we’ve been stretching our resources and doing “more with less.” But we can only go so far before sacrificing quality and mission.
  • Stay tuned for tweaks to how UW distributes tuition dollars (ABB 2.0), more lobbying at the state level for support, more conversations (especially around growing student enrollments where it makes sense) and more calls for efficiencies.

Research That Matters

The 17th edition of Research That Matters was recently released and this year’s theme is a good one: Tipping Points: Leveraging Change in Education. Read about how Min Sun uses data to help Seattle Public Schools strengthen support for first-year teachers — especially teachers of color, how a project led by Angel Fettig is helping families of infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities get a head start on challenging behavior, and much more.

Speaking of Research That Matters, here’s a rundown of stories from the past five years and faculty whose work has been featured — approximately 40 faculty. We intentionally showcase a broad range of impactful work and are always looking for new stories that capture our mission. Reach out to Dustin Wunderlich if you have an idea to pitch for a future edition.

2019: Tipping Points

  • Driving diversity with data - Min Sun
  • The water where we swim (Caucusing) - Anne Beitlers
  • A skateboard ride to STEM learning - Kristen Missall
  • Coaching the coaches - Angel Fettig
  • Leading the way to climate justice in education - Phil Bell and Deb Morrison
  • Principals Matter - CEL (Joanna Michelson, Anneke Markholt)

2018: Centering Justice

  • Launch of Banks Center - Django Paris
  • BECA/Bilingual teacher education effort - Manka Varghese
  • Bug-in-ear research - Kathleen Meeker and Nancy Rosenberg
  • Early learning online bachelor's program - Gail Joseph
  • Giftedness is not a number (commentary) - Nancy Hertzog
  • High schools need to create more pathways beyond college prep (commentary) - Tom Halverson
  • Why knowing history is essential to educational reform (commentary) - Joy Williamson-Lott

2017: Getting to Great Teaching

  • Teacher prep 3.0 - Ken Zeichner with sidebars on work by Filiberto Barajas-López, Sheila Valencia and Ariane Gauvreau
  • Advancing teacher leadership - Sylvia Bagley
  • Advancing the practice of teacher mentorship - Kara Jackson (plus Adrian Cunard, Patrick Sexton and Sarah Schneider Kavanagh quoted with a sidebar on STR and Marisa Bier)
  • Engaging district leaders in instructional leadership - Jessica Rigby
  • Mobile City Science - Katie Headrick Taylor
  • Mentoring for novice teachers study (research brief) - Marge Plecki and Ana Elfers
  • Teacher diversity (research brief) - Min Sun
  • Putting vocabulary into action (research brief) - Deb McCutchen
  • How central offices support principals (research brief) - CEL/Stephen Fink

2016: The Power of Partnership

  • Native STEAM learning project - Megan Bang
  • Networked Improvement Communities/NGSS - Jessica Thompson
  • STUDIO partnership with Neighborhood House - Leslie Herrenkohl
  • Helping fathers find their strengths - Holly Schindler
  • Family leadership work - Ann Ishimaru
  • Reimagining the district central office (research brief) - Meredith Honig/District Leadership Design Lab
  • Instructional improvement (research brief) - CEL

2015: Passion & Promise

  • INSPIRE/TEDD/Teacher PD - Elham Kazemi
  • Building resilience by fostering identity - Janine Jones
  • STEM research-practice partnership with Seattle and Renton schools - Phil Bell and Andy Shouse
  • P-3 work with state leaders - Gail Joseph and Kristie Kauerz
  • Inclusive citizenship research/Center for Multicultural Education - James Banks with sidebar on research by Dafney Dabach

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