Annual President’s Address, 2019

>>JOSEPH JANES: Good afternoon! I am indeed
a proud member of the faculty of the iSchool and it’s my honor to serve this year as Chair
of the Faculty Senate, so the happy duty falls to me to do the introductions this afternoon.
What can one say about Ana Mari Cauce? Yes I know. Let’s begin with something that shouldn’t
be extraordinary but it is. She is one of us. She understands this university, she understands
it’s values, it’s morays, it’s traditions. She’s in the DNA of the place and vice versa.
She’s all too rare in contemporary higher education. We can also talk about her commitments
to equality, equity and inclusion, to truth and fairness, and access and excellence acknowledging
that those are inextricably linked and mutually reinforcing. We could also talk about a commitment
to shared governance, in all it’s forms. This is especially important as we move forward
to build structures. To prepare for the faculty of the future with new and emerging modes
of scholarship and pedigogy, community-engaged, interdisciplinary and cooperative, in an inclusive
and diverse community, reinforcing the role and importance of the University as a public
good. And those are all inextricably linked. All of which will help to ensure access and
excellence for our faculty as well because a great university requires a great faculty
and vice versa. Shared governance doesn’t mean we always agree, we don’t always agree.
On approaches, on priorities, but there’s always an open door. There’s always a respectful
ear to different and alternative opinions, ideas and perspectives and a willingness to
engage in joint effort on mutual goals and interests. She is a principaled and forceful
advocate. She is disarmingly honest. She is warm, funny and genuine. She is a great Twitter
follow. And about as normal a person as you could expect in a place like this. She is
all of these things and more and she is the President of the University of Washington,
Professor Ana Mari Cauce. [ APPLAUSE ]>>ANA MARI CAUCE: Thank you so much Joe!
It’s actually kind of fun to be called normal because some of you know I taught abnormal
psychology for a lot of years and the one thing about that is when you teach it, you
are walking across campus and people point at you and say there goes my abnormal psychology
professor. I’ll leave it to you so I really appreciate that introduction. And also for
those of you, I really recommend checking out Joe’s podcast, Documents That Changed
the World. It’s a really wonderful example of how a talented scholar is connecting his
work to stories that are fascinating and relevant to everyone. And part of what I’ll be talking
about today is the importance of making sure that our work doesn’t just appear in publications
but that we reach out to the community more largely. I also want to very much thank our
regents who are here Joel Benoliel, Joanne Harrell, Constance Rice, Rogelio Riojas, Daniela
Suzarez, and David Zeeck. Thank you so much. We’ve been really lucky that there have been
a couple of really fun events, the opening of the Burke, the 25th year of the Costco
Scholarship, so it’s been fun speanding some time together the last couple of weeks and
I appreciate you being here. I also want to thank all of you who are here in the audience
and all of you that may be listening on your computers, devices, or phones. I look better
big than on a phone but you know, what can we say. It really is important for us to spend
a little bit of time talking together about the issues that face us. And your participation
in our great public university is what makes it great. So thank you all for tuning in whether
you are doing it today or maybe you’ll play it tomorrow. In any case, I want to acknowledge
before I start that we are on the land of the Coast Salish people which touches the
shared waters of all the tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip, and Mukilshoot
Nations. This absolutely gorgeous space is a living reminder of the tribes and the native
people who found it and remain integral to our community. I always look forward to this
annual address because it gives me the privilege and the opportunity to talk with you, our
University of Washington community, about the things that we care about most. And that’s
our public mission and our impact locally, nationally, and globally. And today I also
want to talk a bit about that role our great public university plays in advancing the freedoms
and responsibilities that define our 243 year old republic. So I’m going to be talking about
our work and how it’s improtant to democracy more generally. Every intellectual inquiry,
act of creation, life saving treatment, and inspired student is an extension of our public
mission. It begins when we create pathways to excellence and opportunity for our students.
And that often begins well before they set foot on our campus. If you read the papers,
and I certainly hope that you do, you will find that lately a lot of the focus on higher
educations is on job attainment and on starting salary. And of course, that’s something that
we not only care about but as a university, we excel at it. This year CNBC conducted a
brand new ranking of colleges that payoff. Now I particularly love brand new rankings
and the reason why I love them is they really tell you something about what moves universities
in terms of their intrinsic motivation. Brand new rankings tell you what we care about when
no one is looking and when no one is handing out prizes. So okay, drum roll…What’s the
top public university in terms of return on investment for students as measured by comparing
what they actually paid for their bachelors degree after financial aid and so on to their
starting salaries after graduation? So again, What is the top college that pays off?>>AUDIENCE: UW>>ANA MARI CAUCE: Right! University of Washington
Seattle campus number one. [ APPLAUSE ] Now, who’s number two?>>AUDIENCE: Bothell.>>ANA MARI CAUCE: University of Washington
at Bothell. Absolutely! [ APPLAUSE ] And that means that both Seattle and Bothell
are ahead of University of Michigan and Georgia Tech. How about that? [ APPLAUSE ] Not bad! Now this new ranking says a lot about
how our undergraduates get an affordable and excellent education that prepares them to
compete for top employment opportunities. And through the individual success of our
graduates, we build our workforce that our state needs the most. And that’s really key
because so many of our students, whether they are undergrads, grads, or professional students,
wherever they started out from whether they were in-state students or came from other
states, or from across the world, a very large number of them stay right here in the State
of Washington after they graduate building the workforce that we need right here in our
state. But as proud as I am, and I’m really proud that we’re preparing students for good
jobs that support our workforce, but the value of a University of Washington education isn’t
measured solely or even primarily by our student’s starting salaries. Although, I know that you
care about that and we care about that too. It makes for good donors later so definitely
a plus. But it’s really about our graduates abilities to pursue careers that they find
meaningful. Using and developing their talents, passions, and service to a greater good and
to a higher purpose. It’s also in their contributions as engaged community members who bring critical
analysis to the important decisions that they make throughout their personal, professional,
and their civic lives. As my mentors mentor W. E. B. Du Bois, the first African-American
to earn a doctorate at Harvard and was one of the founders of the NAACP, stated so aptly
“Our goal must be to provide our students with an education that will prepare them to
not only earn a living but to earn a life.” A wonderful example of this is Tammy Teal,
she’s a recent graduate in civil engineering and she’s the daughter of a Cambodian refugee.
And she is the first person in her family to go to college. She enrolled at the UW through
the Engineering Redshirt Program STARS. It’s really a fabulous program. And today, she’s
a transportation engineer working right here in Washington to improve our state’s infrastructure.
Tammy’s success story is above all about her and about her success. But it’s also her families
story. It’s the UW’s story and it’s the State of Washington’s story. And just as Tammy is
beginning to make her mark on the world, she’s at the very beginning. Just last week in this
very same space, we celebrated the life and mourned the loss of Marvin Oliver. He was
also an alumnus. And later he was a faculty member here. And he made a huge impact with
his life and with his work. Marvin changed the way the world sees Native American art
and culture. Through his artistry, through his mentorship, through his teaching. We miss
him a lot but we are proud to have played a part in the change that he created. All
around us, our alumni and students making an impact and many of them faced significant
hurdles in the process. They faced hurdles as students and they faced hurdles later on
in their life. In fact 34%, for those of you who aren’t quick at math that’s over a third,
of our undergraduates, okay so over a third of our undergraduates are the first in their
families to earn a bachelors degree. And with their degrees, they not only change the trajectory
of their lives, but that of younger siblings, and cousins, their own children, and grandchildren.
Again, over a third of our students are the first in their families to ever go to college.
In addition, there have been more than 40,000 students who have been able to afford a UW
degree because of The Husky Promise which ensures that the cost of tuition won’t be
a barrier for Washington State undergraduates of modest means. Now we also create the next
generation of educators, scholars, and researchers by expanding access to graduate and professional
education as well. Through programs like GO-MAP which supports students of color, most of
whom are also the first in their families to attend college. We prepare physicians,
nurses, pharmacists, physician’s assistants, and dentists to provide healthcare to underserved
and rural regions across our state. And not only across our state, across a five state
region through our medical education program and our regional partnership with Gonzaga
University IN Spokane. Quite frankly, given our size and breadth, we don’t just create
pathways to opportunities, we create highways to opportunity. What we do really matters.
And as a public university, we depend on public support to be able to build those highways,
to be able to fulfill that mission. Some of you may remember a year ago, I stood right
here and I painted a picture that was not only blunt, to use your words “quite honest”
Joe, and was also scary about the risks to our university and to our entire higher education
throughout the state without more public reinvestment. Now, nobody likes to start off the year on
a low note but I felt it was my public duty to share the reality of what was at stake
because the stakes were high. Our work and our impact again because of the size and breadth
of what we do effects our entire state and well beyond. Now I’m here to say something
really positive. Thanks to our students, faculty, and staff, and to a truly outstanding state
relations team, we were heard in Olympia. They heard us. Our efforts were also helped
by friends and supporters around the state including UW Impact, the UW’s Alumni Association
advocacy program. These alumnis and supporters met with legislators, they provided testimony
at public hearings, and they sent more than 2,500 emails tp legislators. And the result
was a budget that begins to reverse the long trend of disinvestment. We were heard. Now,
make no mistake, we still run very lean and there is more progress to make. But as they
saying goes, when you are in a hole, the first step is to stop digging. And the digging has
stopped. Thank you! [ APPLAUSE ] Thank you to all of you! This was really and
truly a group effort. And given that the vote was by one, every single little bit made a
difference. And now we have to keep that momentum going. That same momentum is evident in the
success of the Be Boundless campaign. As we enter that campaign’s final year. I am profoundly
greatful to the hundreds of thousands of supporters who have contributed and who share the UW’s
commitment to make a difference and to have an impact. Many UW donors some of you in this
room, are UW alumni, and you realized how what you’ve learned and what you’ve experienced
here has added value to your lives. And I want to thank you for paying it forward and
making sure that others have the same opportunities that you had. But interestingly enough, whenever
I mention this people get a little quizzical, but the truth is that more than half of our
donors are not UW alumni. In fact, some of them never set foot on our campus or have
been served by our hospitals and clinics. They give to protect the natural beauty that
surrounds us. To discover new vaccines to stop the spread of communicable diseases and
because they value works of art that inspire and bring us together. They give to and through
us because they recognize that buy giving to us and through us they’re making an investment
in making a better future. Often, before they decide that they are going to give to us,
they’ve done extensive research, they’ve looked to see where are the best faculty, where are
the best centers, where is the very best research happening and it’s based on that they decide
to give to us because the research and scholarship that takes place here leads to innovation
and discovery that adds to our knowledge and abilities, that contributes to longer and
healthier lives and that informs evidence-based policies that lift up all people everywhere.
And we are so proud and we make good on the investments of our alumni and our non-alumni,
both. Some examples, the Clean Energy Institute researchers have found a new kind of semiconductors
that could be the key to transforming brittle and bulky transformer panels into paper thin
film that could be applied virtually anywhere. And research informs the forefront suicide
prevention’s work with Veterans and their families to reduce the risk of suicide in
the home. Researchers at the Institute for Protein Design are working on a synthetic
protein that may one day allow us to program our own cells to repair a brain injury. Wouldn’t
that be cool. Across the University of Washington research takes us to the furthest frontiers
of human knowledge and moves us a step closer to turning yesterday’s science fiction into
today’s reality. I visited so many labs and that’s exactly what I think, this is sci-fi
but it’s here. It’s here today, it’s building tomorrow. But even as we look outwards investigate
the edges of the known universe, we also need to look inward and explore what it means to
be ethical, creative and just. Our law school works for the Tulalip tribes to divert non-violent
drug offenders. UW philosophy students go into local classrooms to introduce concepts
like the nature of knowledge, identity, ethics and freedom to elementary school students.
It is so much fun to watch them in action. At the UW, outstanding, absolutely astounding
technical and medical advances happen alongside the important work of exploring what those
advances mean to us as a democracy, as a society, and as human beings. This mindset is fundamental
to our population health initiative that brings together our unique combination of strengths
to make people’s lives better. Our hospitals and clinics see almost two million patients
a year providing the preventive care that stops a problem before it starts and performing
life saving procedures that were unimaginable a decade ago. UW data scientists are uncovering
the conditions that cause persistent health disparities. And graduates in our schools
of social work across our three campuses are working in schools and clinics across our
state to ensure the people facing those disparities don’t fall through the cracks. As we prepare
to open the Hans Rosling Center for Population Health next fall, the initiative will remain
a major institutional focus because a healthy population is essential to a strong democracy
and vice versa. Just like education though, health is a broad concept. It’s more than
blood pressure and cholesterol levels although I do check mine regularly and I hope you do
too. And yes, it’s about producing more doctors, and nurses, and social workers. We need more
and we are doing more to produce more. But population health is also about preparing
teachers and data scientists are artists and musicians, architects and lawyers, financial
analysts ociologists, and ecologists. We all have something to add to population health
because it’s also about examining the conditions that contribute to health. Healthy populations
not only have access to healthcare although that is very important, they also need to
have access to clean water and air. They need to live in communities with parks and green
spaces and public works of art that promote and are essential to health. Every member
of this community, every person in this room, everybody watching has value to add to that
work. And Provost Richard and I intend to prioritize ways for even more of us to add
value to that effort and you’ll see us talking more and more about how to extend population
health out. We also will be taking the population health lens and turning it on ourselves, cimmitting
to deepening our emphasis on student wellness and resilience, ensuring that our students
have adequate access to behavioral and mental health resources. And strengthening our efforts
to prevent sexual harassment and abuse. We must build communities where we feel an obligation
to each other and as human beings not despite but because of the wonderfully diverse array
of backgrounds and experiences that we represent. We must strive to nurture a culture that brings
out the very best in us all. And where we feel valued because insecurity and suspicion
and fear is what fuels hate and division. Now I know we’re far from perfect and I know
that some members and some sectors of our community do not always feel heard, understood
or appreciated. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us. Right now we are undertaking
a university wide survey to better understand the culture and climate that you as students,
faculty, and as staff experience in your lives and in your work. We want to learn what we
can and must do better. And as we move to the next stage of the race and equity initiative
and I want to give thanks here to Dean Ed Taylor and Vice President of Minority Affairs
and Diversity Ricky Hall as well as the advisory committee which includes faculty, staff, and
students from all three campuses for leading that effort. But as we move to the next step,
we need to better understand what we’re doing wrong and need to improve. We also need to
understand what we’re doing right. For six years straight we’ve been named a great college
to work for by The Chronicle of Higher Education. We’re the only college or university in our
state with that kind of record. So it’s also important that as we look to see what we need
to fix that we also understand better how do we make sure to preserve those things that
you value and that made you choose us. We know it’s a tight job market and we appreciate
the fact that you’ve chosen us and we thank you for making us your workplace. So if you
haven’t already, take that confidential survey. You received an email with a link to the survey
on October 8th and you have until November 8th so you’ve got a month to take it. Your
voice matters so please make your voice heard. As the university for Washington, creating
an inclusive compassionate culture is not a theoretical exercise or luxury, it’s an
intrinsic part of our excellence. And it’s intrinsic to public mission as well as being
a critical part of health. So, I’m going to pivot to talk a bit more about our role in
democracy. Right now we are in the home stretch in an array of local elections and if you
can vote, please vote. It’s important, exercise your right. Primary season is also heating
up as we enter a presidential election year. As a center of learning, we honor our mission
of public service when we work to advance the democratic values that animate our most
fundamental and cherished rights. So this is an especially fitting time for us to consider
how our work serves to uphold a democracy. Now, this isn’t a question or partisan politics
but of the ways in which our work helps to build and preserve a free, open and democratic
society governed by rule of law in which our goal is to see justice applied equitably and
mercifully, where ideas can be expressed freely. And disagreements can be discussed openly,
yes at times passionately, even sometimes acrimoniously but debated with words not fists,
sticks, stones or worse. Much of the DNA of America’s public universities originiated
in the 1862 Morrill Land Grant Colleges Act which was signed into law by Abraham Lincoln.
The act allotted more than 17 million acres to institutions of higher education. Republican
Congressman Justice Smith Morrill who sponsored the bill, he envisioned that these new public
colleges would be an antedote to the elite private universities that served only the
sons of privilege. Now, although the UW was founded just before the Morrill Act with WSU
following as the more direct beneficiary, both of us are heirs to this vision that continues
to resonate. In 1938, Presidnet Franklin Delano Roosevelt asserted that and I quote “Democracy
can not succeed unless those who express their choices are prepared to choose wisely. The
real safeguard therefore is education.” I love that – the real safeguard therefore is
education. Over the course of the 20th century our government wisely invested in making sure
that the doors to higher education continued to swing open. Legislation from the GI bill
to the Education Amendments Act of 1972 all kept ensuring that college would not be reserved
for only an elite few. Colleges and universities became increasingly open and affordable to
all in our country. And they were widely understood to be a public trust essential to the public
interest and therefore worthy of public investment. During a visit to our campus 58 years ago,
President John F. Kennedy noted “We shall need all the calm and thoughtful citizens
that this great university can produce, all the light that they can shed, all the wisdom
that they can bring to bare.” Notice, he didn’t just say the top five or 10%. He didn’t say
those who could afford it. He said all. At the University of Washington, we honor this
vision by enlarging and expanding the educated middle class. In this way we combat what is
sometimes called the barbell effect that’s pushing wealth to one end of the spectrum
as more people slide into poverty at the other end. There is ample evidence that a strong
middle class drives a healthy economy and leads to political stability. And that is
especially important right now when we are seeing violent extremism on the rise in the
U.S. And the ubiquitous presence of social media in our lives is making it easier and
easier for sometimes very small friend groups to have an outsized impact. And we all face
a tidal wave of information with little to distinguish reliable, well-sourced reports
from fearmongering and misinformation. Compounding these threats is the perception often fueled
by those who stand to benefit from conflict, that we’re a deeply divided and polarized
society. Now, the data does show very, very clearly that economic quality has increased
and that class divisions are greater. That’s fact, no question about it. But when it comes
to core values, we are not as polarized as you might imagine. We are united in strong
support for the foundations of our democracy like free and fair elections, maintaining
a system of checks and balances, the right to non-violent protest, and the freedom to
elect and criticize our political leaders. Tending democracy is everyone’s jobs but universities
like ours play a very unique role in this very important work. Each year we unleash
thousands of educated people upon the world, prepared in Roosevelt’s words “to choose wisely.”
In a country where we live in neighborhoods that have become increasingly segregated by
income and race, our classrooms and campuses are often the most diverse setting our students
have ever experienced. Here, in our classrooms, on our campuses diverse voices, disparate
voices, competing agendas, must devise ways to coexist and get things done. We cultivate
leaders as students often get their very first real taste of how to build consensus, consider
an argument, or stand up for a principle here on our campuses. This learning that is so
critical for the rest of your life takes place not only in classrooms, although it does take
place in but in student organizations and clubs, in student government, in greek life,
in business and non-profit internships and externships, in choruses and theater groups,
on the sports field, and in study abroad and alternative spring breaks. At the University
of Washington every student, from computer science to music, benefits from a liberal
arts foundation, to their education, through teaching a scholarship in the humanities,
we cultivate the ability to reason and to be reasoned with. And students develop the
ability to place the problems of today within the context of the struggles of humanity throughout
the ages. In every discipline, we teach and reward intellectual honesty and rigor. We
find new lenses in which to explore our past like the upcoming lecture by the reknowned
scholar Dominico Lorenza about how Leonardo da Vinci’s work illuminates the intersection
between art, science and innovation. I’m really looking forward to going. For the UW, impact
goes beyond our technical and medical advances, to encompass what those advances mean to us
as a democracy, as a society, as human beings. We often talk about as important as it is
to come up with disruptive technology, we need to think about those that are disrupted.
We examine primary sources, we collect data, we seek out evidence. And when the evidence
disagrees with our hypotheses, we revise them. We’re grounded in a shared knowledge and understanding,
an agreement that facts must lead any analysis and that we make better policies when we’re
informed by research and analysis. Academia’s capacity to debate and rigorously interrogate
assumptions is at the heart of the research enterprise. And the UW is home to ground-breaking
research. And this research, scholarship, and innovation helps to shape our democracy.
The work illuminates difficult issues and applies innovative problem-solving to challenges
like election hacking and deepfakes that were unimaginable only a few years ago. It’s in
this way that we shed the light that Kennedy described. The newly launched Center for Informed
Public epitomizes the interdisciplinary nature of this important work of this wonderful center
and I’m really excited about the work that it’s going to do. It combines expertise from
the iSchool, the Information School, Human Centered Design and Engineering. the School
of Law, and the Communication Leadership Program. And the center will enhance the work of tackling
the real world problems that are threatening our collective understanding of objective
truth. It would seem to be very simple. These days it is anything but simple. These challenges
are not abstractions. They manifest in our daily lives. For example in things like vaccine
skepticism which is actually growing despite the evidence getting clearer and clearer.
Or our opposition to net neutrality. As a public research university, we can and must
apply research to issues like this just as we would to an ebola outbreak or to a decline
in the orca population. Through the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies in the Jackson School,
Noam Pianko, is bringing much needed cultural and historical context to the controversy
that arose when the President urged Israel to deny entry to two U.S. congress women who
were practicing muslims. Our professor of pediatrics, Fred Rivara, is leading the School
of Medicine’s new Firearm Injury and Policy research program which is seeking evidence
that can help reduce the terrible cost of gun injuries and deaths right here in Washington
while still protecting second amendment rights. And at UW Tacoma, researchers Martine De Cock
and Anderson Nascimento, have developed a patented technology which uses machine learning
to preserve privacy in healthcare data that a Seattle startup is already using. Or, there’s
the fabulous work of the Center for Human Rights. They’ve been examining the implications
of And the Center for Human Rights has been examining the implications of ICE Air’s
operations nationally, as well as in our own state. Such analysis can yield a deeper understanding
of the role played by our own communities in federal immigration enforcement, which
is necessary to craft improved policy at the local, state, and federal level. Again, our
research is very broad. The work of these and countless other individual scholars and
centers of research are essential to examining the systems, laws and traditions that form
our democratic society. And their work is only possible in a society – and in a university
– that permits and values free and unfettered inquiry. We must have the right to explore
any and every issue. Sometimes this work will reveal where our systems and practices are
failing us, falling behind the times, or maybe founded on a faulty premise. But it’s essential
to point out problems when they exist because it’s only when we can understand them that
we can then change things and find out where we must do better. As a public university,
we also serve as conveners and leaders on issues of public interest, especially on those
that demand difficult hard-hitting conversations that have no easy answers. The ability to
engage in these tough conversations is important to democracy – without them, we deprive
ourselves of peaceful paths to change. Next month, we will host such a conversation, when
the National Academies of Science’s Engeering and Medicine’s Collaborative on Sexual Harassment
will meet right here on our campus. And in February, we will join Seattle in hosting
the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting. This is one of
the world’s largest scientific gatherings, advancing science and free-flowing exchange
of ideas that benefit all people. We are a campus that can bring people together than
can have difficult conversations, and not just amongst ourselves but with members of
the larger community. Our ability to bring people together for well-informed conversations
about everything from immigration to gun violence to the ethics surrounding technologies like
blockchain and machine learning is one of our great strengths. These collaborations
and discussions are key to the process by which good ideas rise to the top and bad ideas
are filtered out. It is not a flawless process and it’s not especially speedy either, but
it is foundational to a free and open society. I am not the first one who said that democracy
is messy. It is. Sometimes we stumble, sometimes we take a step – or two, maybe even three
– backwards. Yet the story of humanity remains one of progress – and universities like
ours are critical to creating the conditions that fuel that progress. Every member of our
extended UW community can participate in tending to our democracy, helping to repair damage
when we find it and strengthening its pillars through our civic engagement. The author Margaret
Atwood, speaking at her own alma mater, described democracy as being like a muscle or brain:
“use it or lose it.” As students, educators, innovators and explorers, we invigorate our
democracy when we work to build a more just, free and open society.
We face great challenges, I won’t make pretend that we don’t, And these challenges demand
not only our time and our effort, they also demand our optimism and our talent for collaboration.
I invite us all to ask ourselves what part can we play, what part can you play in tending
to our democracy, and to imagining how this great public university can lift up everyone
it touches. Dream wildly about how each of us, as individuals and as a community, can
contribute to that uplift. Thank you, and I look forward to your questions. [ APPLAUSE ]>>HOST: If you do have a question, please
make your way to one of the microphones in the aisle which may be behind you. For anyone
with accessibility needs, please raise your hand. An attendent will bring a mic to you.
As folks are getting in line, and I see we have several, we did receive some questions
also via email which we’ll answer here or directly if we don’t get to yours. We will
start with one from Glenda Roberts in the Kidney Research Institute. She had several
questions but the first are “I am concerned that the escalating cost of higher education
is pricing Washington State students, particularly in the Puget Sound area, out of the market.
With the emergence of high quality, low cost online degree programs, how should the University
of Washington be thinking about hybrid curricular options combining this new model with the
UW’s residential model and how would this approach effect the residential model and
the UW’s tuition income stream?”>>ANA MARI CAUCE: Okay. Well thank you. First
of all I want to say that we are absolutely incredibly concerned about the affordability
issue. We’ve been working very, very hard to address that. Like I say, our Husky Promise
has made it such that we have over 40,000 students that have gone through the University
without paying for tuition and most of them, I should probably make clear, also get money
towards cost of attendance because sometimes we equate free tuition with free college.
The truth is that the cost of attendance in a city like ours is slightly higher than the
cost of tuition. Our state, when I talked about the state reinvestment, the state reinvestment
is first and foremost in students. And we now have probably the best state financial
aid package in the country or certainly right up there. So I do think that both with our
own resources, through our fundraising, and we’ve done a fabulous job fundraising for
student scholarships and with the help of our state, I think we have a good system that’s
affordable. Students can also, there’s a range of things they can do to make it more affordable.
For example, a student can do two years at a community college. a community technical
college that’s close to home where they might be able to live at home and not have the costs
of the residential cost and then end up coming here. About a quarter of our students, transfer
students, a group that sometimes doesn’t get talked enough a lot and they are a great,
great part of our community. And we love our partnerships with the community and technical
colleges. But we also have a range of other programs. We have some of the most extensive
online programs. In fact we have a program that we started probably about five or six
years ago in the College of Arts and Sciences that is geared toward folks who have about
two years worth of college. And there is an awful lot of folks that have about that much
college and for whatever reason they dropped out and then went in and they can finish a
low cost degree online. Also on our campus in our language classes, a lot of them are
taught hybrid. You come in one day and do the conversation bu then you do the other
work online. I’m all in favor of looking at a range of different models. I don’t think
that we’re about to end the residential model. In fact our Bothell and Tacoma campuses that
were started originally as just residential schools more and more students are looking,
that were started as commuters schools, more and more of their students are looking for
a residential experience so I don’t think that will go away but we also want to make
room for a wide variety of ways to attend some of which won’t make it less expensive.
Thank you and I will visit the Kidney Center by the way. We had a few moments before to
touch base.>>HOST: We’ll alternate here between the
two microphones, the closest one please proceed. Go ahead, yes.>>AUDIENCE MEMBER: Hi my name is…does this
work? okay. Hi my name is Clara. I’m a student here at the University of Washington. I’m
a senior. I wanted to ask President Cauce speaking about your words about how UW is
a great place to work, you are putting out the climate survey and our supposed responsibility
to justice and equity. How does that come in to play when so many workers from consolidated
laundry lost their jobs and when will they be getting their jobs back? Because even though
some of them were relocated, they were facing so many difficulties for accessibility, received
very little training for the work that they were placed into and we believe that this
is unacceptable. So how is that upholding the University’s standards of equity and saying
that we are a great place to work and something to be proud of?>>ANA MARI CAUCE: Thank you for your question. [ APPLAUSE ] We talked about this last year as well. That
was not an easy decision that we came to. We came to the decision for a variety of factors
including the fact that it would have been a fairly large investment to keep the laundry
open but we did make a commitment that any worker who was interested in staying here
at the UW, we would find another position for and we’ve made good on that. Thank you. [ APPLAUSE ]>>AUDIENCE MEMBER: My name is Paula Lukaszek.
I’m a plumber here on main campus. I’m also the president of the local 1488 which represents
a lot of classified employees here. I’ve got a follow up question in line. When the laundry
got closed down and people got laid off, we met with Margaret Shepard and Mindy Kornberg
to make sure that people got placed here if they wanted to. Well it turns out there’s
a lot of people who just passed their five or five and half month probation and they
are suddenly getting laid off. We’re just wondering how many other people are going
to be in that position? I think the University, if most of these people have worked for 20
or 25 years at the laundry and if they weren’t good workers they couldn’t have been there
for 25 or 30 years. I’d like to ask that you meet with the one union and these workers
to try to find out why these people aren’t getting placed again, why they were laid off
suddenly after only five months.>>ANA MARI CAUCE: I am more than happy to
look into that. No question, this is the first I’ve heard of it so I will look into it and
we’ll sit down and have a conversation. Thank you.>>HOST: We’ll go to another question. This
one is from AJ Bladico. He is a second year PhD student in Learning Science and Human
Development from New Orleans he says or they say, excuse me. What long term plans does
University of Washington have to continue to attract and fund out of state and international
students to it’s graduate programs? Tuition for these students is more than the in state’s
students tuition and there are limited graduate student assistantships each quarter or academic
year.>>ANA MARI CAUCE: Well thank you. Graduate
students are what makes a research university a research university. And there is no question
that the investment amongst our faculty to make sure that we attract the very top graduate
students whether they are in state or out of state is incredibly high. I think the best
graduate students makes all the difference in the world in terms of being able to do
your work so there’s no question that there is a strong commitment to do that and we do
recruit. When we are recruiting for graduate students, it is an international recruitment.
We have different programs that work different ways. Most of the programs that I’m aware
of when a student comes in they do make a multiyear commitment to them in terms of a
T.A.ship or an R.A.ship where we really tend to be short is in terms of just what you might
call scholarship so where we can bring a student in without necessarily requiring that they
T.A. or R.A. the entire time. And that has been absolutely one of the top priorities
for our Provost Mark Richards, whose out of town at a professional meeting. I can just
see himi lighting up at that question because that is one of his top priorities. And I can
assure that all our deans are on the same page because graduate students are so important
to everything we do. They are involved in the research mission, working side by side
with faculty in making the most important discoveries in the world. But they are also
very involved in the teaching mission. Often being at the intersection between faculty
and undergraduate students so that’s an issue that we are working on. Thank you.>>HOST: We’ll go back to the microphones.>>AUDIENCE MEMBER: Hello. I am Doctor Zoe
Sansted. I am a resident in Family Medicine at UW. For those of you who don’t know what
a resident is, there are 1,400 residents and fellows at the University of Washington who
are your doctors, 20% of the doctors in King County. Medical students graduate with $200,000
on average in debt. And the residents at UW in their first year pay over half of their
wages in rent. As Seattle becomes more and more expensive of a city, how are we going
to continue to attract the top talent to our residencies and fellowships when residents
can not afford to live in this city?>>ANA MARI CAUCE: First of all I want to
say that I do know who residents are. I’m a clinical psychologist. I didn’t do a residency
but I did do an internship and was often supervised by residents and I know what a critical, critical
part they play in the fact that we have excellent hospitals and that we provide excellent work
to patients. We are all, there is absolutely no question as to whether we’re talking about
students, faculty, or staff, we are all dealing with a situation where the cost of living
has gone up very, very rapidly and we are doing our best to try and stay on top of it.
I know that right now the residents are at the bargaining table and obviously I am not
going to be bargaining from this position. I can tell you that we are looking forward
to engaging or bargaining with good faith and that as you say it is absolutely critical
to us having not just excellent research but excellent patient care to be able to attract
top residents. It is important that we work hard to come up with the kind of compensation,
any resident who manages to get into the UW has choices, we know that…>>AUDIENCE MEMBER: That’s not how the match
system works, respectfully but thank you. I understand what you are getting at.>>ANA MARI CAUCE: You know what I am getting
at. We take pride in the fact that the best, like yourself, come here and we have to make
that possible so we’ll be working with you at the bargaining table.>>AUDIENCE MEMBER: And a two percent raise?>>AUDIENCE MEMBER: One percent is actually
what we were proposed for our contract even though we’ve gotten three percent the last
three years.>>HOST: We’ll go over to the far microphone.>>AUDIENCE MEMBER: I have to follow up to
that because I did my internship and residency back in New York and at that time we didn’t
get paid other than just our residency for the internship. Just a comment on that, things
are changing. This question though is on two things. One, green space on campus? And the
second is on trade, vocational training versus the academy? The first quickly in light of
the IPCC reports and everything thats happening, it seems really paramount that we keep every
chance we can to reforest this place and the Burke I think has some work to do because
I think we really need to work on reforesting that section and I don’t understand why only
the PACCAR building is the only building on campus that has plantings on the roof. It
looked like the Burke could have been very amenable to some plantings. And also it was
disappointing to see how that building was pushed so close to the street, why we couldn’t
have had a much bigger green barrier there, so that’s just one thing. Whenever were putting
in extra buildings, please let’s not have the trees be the sacrifice that suffers the
most every time we do it. The second though is on the trades and why we don’t move more
towards vocational trade school access on our beautiful campuses. Why do the trades,
why do the vocations have to be off somewhere else. A big part of the division in this country
is between the academy and the trades.>>ANA MARI CAUCE: Let me get to the first
question first. I can assure that we care very, very much about our green space and
in fact I’m a psychology faculty member and I can still remember that our building is
about half the size we wanted it to be in order to maintain a tree. So I can assure
that when our architects are laying out our buildings, ect. we do everything we can to
maintain trees. We can always argue about different kinds of designs. I actually think
the Burke is beautiful. When I first saw it on paper I was a little concerned that it
may be a barrier, a big wall between our university and the community but with the big open windows,
etc. I think it will draw people in and I think it’s a beautiful, beautiful building.
We will continue to do building on this campus. We need to be able to serve our community
and serve our students. But we are always very mindful about green space and I think
when you compare us to some other universities, there is quite a bit of a…We also for example,
we just have a new pocket park that went where the old police station was and whenever we
do have the opportunity to set aside green spaces, we do. We 100% agree with you on the
importance. In terms of trade. we are a, as a university our mission. And that comes from
Olympia is to graduate bachelors degrees and professional and PhD degrees. We aren’t a
trade school. That does not mean in any way, shape, or form that we can’t work closely
with the trades. As you know part of what we’re all talking about, and at this point
the plans are formally in place, but there is a lot of talk about trying to build some
partnerships so that there is a more seamless in and out between trades and the university.
Also, quite frankly, within our university within our bachelors programs, we are doing
more to place students in internships and externships so that they are getting real
hands on experience. I’m all in favor of there being more fluidity between the trades and
traditional higher education and am always open to avenues that will allow that to happen.
Thank you.>>HOST: We’ll go ahead and there is a reception
afterwards. President Cauce will be there, we’ll take one, did you have a question? One
last one from each so the far one here and then.>>AUDIENCE MEMBER: My name is Salvador Castillo.
I’m the vice president of the local 1488. I want to talk a little bit more what Paula
had to say. Those employees who got laid off in laundry, 125 families with no job, they
are loyal to this university for 25-30 years. I can’t understand why the university not
have a little bit of flexibility and divide those people at Tacoma, Harborview, University
of Washington, Bothell and rehire those employees. I got the opportunity to talk to one of the
managers. He said they need to reapply for the position. And I say how? When they’ve
been working for 25-30 years with seniority. I can’t understand that. One of the prestigious
university, why do they not have flexibility for the employees? Every year we’ve got housekeeping.
And they say how much they care for faculty, students and employees. I don’t see that when
something like this happens leaving 125 families in the street. A lot of those people don’t
have jobs right now. Thank you.>>ANA MARI CAUCE: I wasn’t able to hear everything
that you said but I caught pieces of it and like I say, we can not do the work that we
do without the staff that supports that work. So first of all I want to thank you all for
taking the time to come here to speak with me even if you didn’t get a chance to ask
questions, I will be at the reception and happy to talk to you all. This is part of
what a democracy is about. Being able to come here and express you view point so first of
all I want to thank you all for taking the time to be here. I appreciate it. I did hear
some about the need for more flexibility and I do think that in many cases that part of
our competitive strategy in terms of hiring is that we can offer workers more flexibility
than other places but I’d need to hear the specifics of what you are talking about to
respond more directly and again thank you for being here and thank you for expressing
your opinion.>>AUDIENCE MEMBER: Can we get a commitment
of when you are going to meet with us? This whole group.>>ANA MARI CAUCE: I will meet with you. We will
find a time.>>AUDIENCE MEMBER: Okay, so who do I call and contact?>>ANA MARI CAUCE: [email protected]>>HOST: One last, go ahead.>>AUDIENCE MEMBER: I came up here from Tacoma.
I’m a student at University of Washington, Tacoma. Obviously I came here in support of
the workers here at UW. I work for Kroger and in 2001 the store moved from the city
of Lakewood to the city of University Place. And what they did is while those people were
on their probationary periods, they began laying people off and firing people. And to
be honest, it’s disgusting that this took place at this university and I find it shameful
that we can say this is a diverse and inclusive campus while laying people off when they need
their jobs. So my question to you is, there was no mention of labor or worker rights within
your speech, so can you elaborate on what you want on worker rights and labor rights
within our diverse and inclusive campus here at University of Washington? Thank you. [ APPLAUSE ]>>ANA MARI CAUCE: I do want to say that labor
rights we work, we went to Olympia together with our labor unions and that we want to
continue to work closely together because together we can, the more money that comes
in to this university, the more higher education is valued, the more we can give back out.
In fact we do work together with labor and labor is absolutely key to our universities.
I just heard for the first time that there were people that were being laid off. I would
like to know, as I said, I think facts are very important. I would like to know the facts
a little bit better before I can respond because right now I don’t know exactly what’s going
on. But I appreciate it.>>AUDIENCE MEMBER: Will you meet with this
group directly right after this? Will you meet with our group right here?>>ANA MARI CAUCE: I will be here for about
15-20 minutes, after that I am happy to talk with you but what Paula suggested was a separate
meeting and so we will find time for that but I am not going anywhere, I am happy to
come talk to you.>>HOST: There’s a reception outside. Thank
you all for attending and for watching online.>>ANA MARI CAUCE: And for you folks that
want to stay here, I am happy to meet with you. [ APPLAUSE ]

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