Higher Education Summit

Each year GPSS holds a Higher Education Summit to bring together students, University leaders, legislators, and others to examine current issues in higher education.

Save the Date:  The 2012 Higher Education Summit will be Tuesday afternoon, November 13th!


2011 Higher Education Summit media coverage

The 5th Annual Higher Education Summit on Nov. 4, drew an impressive group of five Washington state lawmakers, senior UW administrators, presidents from the University of Washington and Washington State University, and many graduate and professional students concerned about the future of higher education in Washington. 

Please see TVW's coverage:  panel one, panel two, panel 3, closing remarks.

Please also see the story in the UW Daily.

Go here for a full agenda for the summit.


5th Annual Higher Education Summit:  Friday, November 4, 2011

University of Washington President Michael Young to deliver opening remarks

Each year GPSS holds a Higher Education Summit to bring together students, University leaders, legislators, and others to examine current issues in graduate and professional education. The theme of this year’s event is: On Whose Shoulders: Who Pays For Higher Education in Uncertain Economic Times? We will examine Washington residents' ability to attain an advanced degree at a public institution given rising student debt burden and less government support.

Date/time: Friday, November 4, 2011, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location:   University of Washington, Kane Hall, Walker-Ames Room

The summit will feature the list of distinguished participants and guests, including:
• University of Washington President Michael K. Young
• Washington State University President Elson Floyd
• State Rep. Reuven Carlyle (36th Legislative District)
• Ethelda Burke, Chair of the State Higher Education Coordinating Board
• Doug Wadden, UW interim provost
• Paul Jenny, UW Vice Provost, Planning and Budgeting
• Kelly Teste, Dean, School of Law
• Gerald Baldesty, Dean of the UW Graduate School
• Kay Lewis, UW Director of Financial Aid
• Courtney Acitelli, Director of UW Impact
• Key Policymakers in State and Federal Government
• Distinguished UW alumni, student leadership, academics and business leaders.

Three panels will focus the issues impacting higher education at the UW and statewide:
• Present status and trends in state and federal assistance for advanced education at Washington’s public universities,
• Rising student indebtedness and assessing how much more of a burden students can assume,
• Looking toward the future, how do public institutions find the balance and what does it mean in terms of advanced degree production.

Views of UW graduate and professional students will be highlighted throughout the event. Those attending will be asked to provide insights on how public universities will provide the skilled workers, researchers, and entrepreneurs of tomorrow who are needed to ensure Washington state’s economic stability.

Please RSVP for the UW GPSS Higher Education Summit by October 27:
• RSVP address: higheredsummit@gmail.com

The event is free and open to the community. For more information: 
• gpsspa@uw.edu
• (206) 543-8576

2010 Higher Education Summit

Article in the Daily:   "Funding concerns discussed at annual GPSS higher-education event."  (12/6/10)

GPSS’s signature event focuses on how state and federal funding trends are impacting the quality of graduate and professional education at UW.  The Higher Education Summit takes place Friday, Dec. 3, 9am-1pm, at William H. Gates Hall, Room 138.

The Summit schedule includes:
8:30am   Breakfast
9:00am   Introduction and Welcome
9:50am    Panel 1: State Funding for Higher Education
10:50am  Panel 2: Federal Funding at UW
12:15pm  Student Presentations, Lunch

Speakers include:  Keynote Speaker: Samual Smith, President Emeritus of the WSU and a member of the HECB. Other speakers include Executive Vice Provost Doug Wadden, State Senator Scott White, State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, State Representative Reuven Carlyle, UW Interim Vice Provost for Research David Eaton, and many others.

This is an opportunity to represent your graduate or professional program and find out which funding trends will affect you and your classmates,your students and the departments you work in.