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The Higher Education Board of Washingtondevelops statewide strategies; administers state and federal financial aid, grants, and scholarships; reviews two- and four-year public institution capital budget requests; and approves new academic degree programs for Washington’s public four-year universities and colleges. Public research universities in Washington include the University of Washington system and the Washington State University system. The University of Washington has campuses in Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma. Washington State University operates campuses in Pullman, Spokane, Richland, Vancouver, and Bellingham. Washington has a partnership with Western Governors University, an online, not-for-profit, online institution, as one of the 19 U.S. states to found the university. WGU Washington offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for health professions, information technology, and business, and licensure and graduate programs for education. Washington has a higher education operating budget of $11.1 billion for 2011-2013, 18 percent of the state total.

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