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Legislative Committee learns about WSU STEM programs

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The Washington State Legislature was in Olympia this week for Legislative Committee Days. The legislature will formally begin the “short session” on January 13, 2014. Washington State University’s Chris Mulick, Director of State Relations presented to the members of the state House Appropriations Committee – the committee that considers the operating budget bill for the biennium (passed by the entire legislature in 2013), as well as global fiscal issues such as pension policy and compensation, and all bills with larger fiscal impacts. The committee also coordinates the budget development work in other sub-committees that have significant fiscal impact. The committee received an overview of WSU’s engineering and computer science programs and an update on how WSU is working to meet Washington’s needs in these high demand fields, thereby helping to prepare the next generation of professionals that will help fuel the economy and advance knowledge.

WSU’s Director of State Relations, Chris Mulick presented Thursday, November 21st at the request of the state House Appropriations Committee during the annual Legislative Committee Days. The Committee learned about the growth in WSU programs offered across Washington state, viewing the map below which illustrates engineering and computer science offerings on the main Pullman campus, the Tri-Cities and Vancouver branch campuses and satellite locations in Bremerton at Olympic College and in Everett at the University Center of North Puget Sound.

Engineering and computer science programs across the state

The Legislature last session directed $2.85 million annually to WSU to bolster STEM degree programs. This new investment will allow WSU to enroll 228 more students per year and produce an additional 104 degrees per year at full maturity. The focus of this new funding will be on computer science and mechanical, electrical and civil engineering degree programs.

WSU’s full presentation to the House Appropriations Committee detailed surging enrollment and degree production, best practices for growing and retaining STEM enrollments and the future launch of a new electrical engineering program at the University Center of North Puget Sound. Here you can find WSU’s full PowerPoint presentation to the Committee.

 

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