EWU 2015-17 State Legislative Priorities

DownloadGovtFlyerEWU is a significant engine powering the state. A public university whose students, faculty, staff and alumni make profound and significant contributions to the economic and social vitality of the region, EWU remains the best value for higher education in the state.

PRIORITY #1 REINVEST IN HIGHER EDUCATION,
$198 MILLION ($19 MILLION FOR EWU)

  • Washington’s six public universities are committed to continuing a freeze in undergraduate resident tuition with a new investment of $198 million in our sector.

PRIORITY #2 SUPPORT A NEW EWU SCIENCE BUILDING, $72 MILLION

  • A new science building will enable Eastern Washington University to expand STEM programs.
  • Nearly half of STEM majors are first-generation students; an equivalent number are from low-income families.
  • Over the next 10 years, the university’s student population is projected to increase by 20 percent.
  • In 2014-15, more than 1,700 EWU students are majoring in STEM-related fields.

PRIORITY #3 STUDENT ADVISING, $2 MILLION

  • EWU aspires to be a national leader in providing effective student advising, a significant key to student retention and graduation.

PRIORITY #4 SUPPORT GROWTH IN THE HEALTH SCIENCES, $3.4 MILLION

  • Health-related fields represent the fastest-growing jobs in the greater Spokane region.
  • $1.5 million will enable growth in health-related, high-demand degree programs in EWU’s College of Health Science and Public Health in Spokane.
  • $1.9 million will enable an expansion of the UW RIDE program and expansion of EWU’s dental hygiene program, delivering care to underserved populations.

PRIORITY #5 BUILD ON OUR SUCCESS IN STEM,
$2 MILLION

  • In 2014, Eastern awarded the second-highest number of computer science degrees in the state.
  • EWU looks forward to being a part of any proposal that supports growth in computer science, engineering and related fields.
EWU BY THE NUMBERS

EWU BY THE NUMBERS

• 2014 Enrollment: 13,453
• Tuition cost: $7,972
• Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 75%
• Students from Washington: 90%
• STEM degrees awarded: 20%
• First-generation college students: 44%
• Underrepresented populations: 35%
• Transfer students: 53%

EWU INNOVATIONS

• EWU is the first university to partner with community colleges to offer a reverse transfer.
• EWU is the first university in the state to offer a 3-year bachelor’s degree.
• EWU offers more than 200 courses online in more than 60 programs.
• EWU partners with Bellevue College and Lower Columbia College to offer numerous bachelor’s degrees for place-bound students.

EWU expands opportunities for personal transformation through excellence in learning.


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