Paying the Price: With State Support Dropping, the UW Is Looking for a Way Out of the Financial Maze, But Could These New Pathways Alter the Character of the University? By Tom Griffin.

Ups & Downs: Futures in UW Funding

State General Fund. The 2003-05 state budget is already a billion dollars in the red, according to projections.
Tuition Even with a 16 percent increase in undergraduate tuition, the UW is still behind its peer average among 24 public universities. In addition, the UW may tighten residency requirements or admit more non-residents, who pay more.
Research UW officials expected a 5- to 10-percent increase in research income for 2001-02. Instead they got a whopping 17-percent increase. With the federal government continuing to fund research at record levels, the UW should continue to do well.
Private Giving While dependent on the economy and the stock market, private support for the UW has broken records almost every year. The UW expects the rate of giving to increase over the next five years.
Self-Sustaining Programs You probably didn't know that Summer Quarter is totally financed through tuition. Certificate programs and even some degrees are also self-sustaining, and in this sector there is room to grow.
Royalties and Licenses While the UW has a strong technology transfer program, it is impossible to predict if a research finding will hit the jackpot.
Auxiliary Enterprises No huge deficits—or huge profits—are expected in UW auxiliary units such as UW Medical Center or Intercollegiate Athletics.

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