Board of Regents discusses the budget for the 2021-2022 academic year | New
The UW Board of Regents (BOR) met on May 13 to address concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and the transition to in-person learning, while considering a tuition increase for the academic year 2021-2022.
During the initial public comment period, employees graduate university students expressed concerns about compensation, especially during the pandemic, which disrupted the research projects of many students on campus and introduced new expenses like parking fees to drive personal vehicles on campus instead to take public transport, for those who were still working there.
Student presentations unanimously highlighted that their work as teaching assistants, research assistants and other roles across UW has enabled the university to achieve high prestige nationally. However, their wages were not adjusted for inflation, and students continued to pay construction fees for services they did not have access to. The union is currently in negotiations with the university.
Despite the disproportionate effects of the pandemic on under-represented student populations, UW President Ana Mari Cauce and members of the Board of Regents praised UW’s handling of the pandemic relative to other better schools. funded.
“Everyone is working really hard to end this quarter strong,” Cauce said. “This pandemic has taught us that nothing is certain… We are moving forward with a lot of confidence and energy.”
The Board also reviewed the expected increase in operating costs in fiscal year 2022.
This change would be funded by a proposed tuition increase of 2.8% for resident undergraduates and 2% for all other students. Cauce said low-income students would not see a change in cost.
“The students who will pay the raise are the ones who already got a good deal at the University of Washington,” Cauce said.
The meeting did not address how UW would determine which students would qualify for the current tuition rate versus the recommended increase.
The next round of Board meetings will take place on June 9 at 5:30 pm and June 10 at 8:30 am The public comment form will open on June 4 at noon.
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