Wilcox introduces proposal for Student Auditing Committee in state universities

Last summer, Rep. J.T. Wilcox attended an event with students and faculty at the University of Washington. The students asked what they could do to reduce costs.

Wilcox remembers paying less than $1,000 each year for tuition as a student at WSU in the 1980s. Now his kids are paying nearly $12,000 each year.

As a result, he sponsored a bill to allow more participation from students in finding efficiencies to affect the cost of tuition.

House Bill 2478 would create a committee of students at each major four-year public institution in the state to analyze at least one project and program for more cost-effective methods. They would report their findings and recommendations to the board of regents annually.

“As a father of two children in college and a third child about to graduate from high school, I fully understand the burden put on students to fund their post-secondary education,” said Wilcox, R-Yelm. “I think involving the students in the delivery of services to them, paid by them, is a great way to find further efficiencies and reforms in higher education.”

The bill would create a Student Auditing Committee composed of no more than seven student members, chosen by the student government.

The legislation has bipartisan and student support and is expected to have a companion bill introduced in the Senate.


Washington State House Republican Communications